The History Of Our Bulk Raisins
Raisins are dried grapes best known for making their home in deserts and breakfast dishes. Different raisins come from different types of grapes that vary in size and color. There are golden ‘sultana’ raisins from yellow grapes, ‘Thompson seedless’ from green grapes, ‘Flame seedless’ from dark purple grapes, black ‘currant’ raisins, and traditional raisins, which are from red grapes. Grapes were one of the world’s earliest edible – and drinkable cultivations, with traces dating back to 6,500 B.C during the Neolithic period. Grapes quickly became popularized when it was discovered that they could be fermented into wine. There is vast historical documentation of grapes being eaten in Ancient Egypt as well as by ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians.
Currently, Turkey produces the most raisins over any other nation, followed by the United States and Iran. Over half the globe’s supply of raisins are grown and dried in sunny California, with Fresno, CA being dubbed the ‘Raisin Capital of the World.’ A fun fact about raisins is that they have their own National American Holiday – April 30th is National Raisin Day.
Raisins boast a strong nutritional profile, being high in cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, and the mineral iron. They are cholesterol free and also free of unhealthy saturated fats.
Raisins For Cancer Prevention
Raisins contain catechins, which are polyphenolic phytonutrients that act as antioxidants when ingested. Antioxidants protect the body from harmful, cancer-causing free radicals that wreak havoc on healthy cells. Eating raisins may help prevent, or at the very least, delay the onset of certain types of cancers.
Raisins For Blood Pressure Regulation And Anemia
According to the American College for Cardiology, consuming raisins in small amounts three times a day can lower blood pressure and reduce hypertension – the medical term for high blood pressure. Another helpful component of raisins for blood is their high iron content. Without enough iron, the body cannot produce a healthy supply of red blood cells, which can cause anemia.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Raisins
Raisins are a great food to pair with cheeses, cereals, oatmeal, breads, and puddings. They compliment crunchy dishes wonderfully by providing a brief chewiness. Here are some ideas to get the most out of your bulk raisins.
Add raisins to bread pudding
Mix raisins into a bran or wheat-based cereal
Add them to your morning oatmeal
Pair them with cheeses for a sweet and salty appetizer
Use them to make oatmeal raisin cookies
Eat raisins alone as a sweet snack
Incorporate them into a mix of other dried fruits and nuts
Storage and Shelf Life
You can store raisins in your refrigerator or pantry for six to twelve months. If you live in a humid or hot region, we recommend refrigeration of your raisins. They will keep in the freezer for up to eighteen months.
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