A Guide to Raisins
Does the difference lie in the types of grapes used for making the raisins? This is not quite right because both types of raisins are made from the same seedless green raisins. So, what makes the difference? You can find the explanation below.
Regular raisins are colored brown and are small and dried. Golden, raisins, on the other hand, while the same size as regular raisins, are golden in color and are plumper and juicier than regular raisins.
Sultanas is another name given to golden raisins. In the US, this sweet treat is called golden raisins. But in the UK, Australia, and other places, they are usually called sultanas.
Most of the raisins produced in the world come from California.
The nutritional content of both regular and golden raisins is the same. They are both rich in fiber and potassium and contain many antioxidants.
It has high caloric content. When removing liquid from grapes, the resulting raisins are very small in size so when you are eating it, you will not realize that you are eating a lot of it.
It contains a lot of natural sugar. Since grapes are sweet, sugar is no longer added to raisins. The concentrated fruit has concentrated sugar content.
The difference between regular raisins and golden raisins is in how they are made.
Solar power is used in making regular raisins. Grapes are laid our in paper and made to dry in the sun. It takes about three weeks to complete the process, during which time the fruit turns brown.
Golden raisins undergo a more sophisticated process. Grapes are placed inside huge dehydrators to control heat and humidity as the fruit is drying. Because the environment is more controlled the fruit remains plump and juicy. After about 24 hours, your golden raisins are ready.
Golden raisins use an antioxidant called sulfur dioxide when processed. It acts as a preservative and helps the fruit retain its color. There are people who are allergic to sulfur dioxide. Rashes, stomach cramps or asthma attacks are usually the symptoms of allergy to sulfur dioxide. So if you are going to buy golden raisins and you have this allergy, then you should check the label for sulfur dioxide.
Raisins are used as a healthy snack. It is easy to carry and will be your go-to food when you are hungry. You can also mix them with nuts or add them to other snack foods.
You can make them into delicious candies that make a delightful treat. You can find out more about that here.
Raisins can also be used for baking. Raisins is one of the main ingredients of oatmeal raisin cookies. You can enhance your cakes, muffins, sweet bread, and more by adding raisins to it.
You can also toss them in your oatmeal, add them to a salad, or use them to offset the flavors in a savory dish like curry or chutney.