What are Raisins and What do They Taste Like?
Raisins, Currants and Sultanas are all dried grapes but different from each other. These delicious bites of sweetness are the perfect healthy snack for boosting your energy. They are also an excellent ingredient for a lot of foods, from bakery to desserts to savory dishes.
In this Article, we are going to tell you more about this sweet bite.
What Are Raisins?
Raisins are the sweet grapes that are dehydrated and shriveled up. Before medieval times, raisins and honey were the top choices for sweeteners. There are different types of Raisins either golden or brown.
- Golden raisins (except Sultanas) are usually oven-dried and treated with sulfur dioxide to maintain their color. They are used for savory dishes.
- Brown raisins are sun-dried, usually by placing them out in the vineyards for 2 to 4 weeks, after which the raisins are graded, refined, and packed.
Raisins varieties depend on the type of grape used and are produced in many different sizes and colors including green, yellow, brown, purple, blue and black. They are all the same in nutrition.
Raisins are full of dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals like copper and Iron, carbohydrates with a low glycemic index and a low-fat content.
What do Raisins Taste Like?
It is amazing and a bit weird that raisins don’t taste anything like fresh grapes. Possibly because the drying process concentrates the sugar content in fruit. Each kind of raisin has its own taste. For example, Golden raisins are fruitier. And while natural brown raisins can be dry and grainy—not to mention super sweet—golden raisins have a unique flavor and are fleshy and soft.
The sugar content of Raisins
Raisins are dried grapes, so alike other dried fruits, they have a high sugar concentration (about 30% fructose and 28% Glucose). The sugars can crystallize inside the fruit when stored for an extended period, which makes the dry raisins scratchy, but doesn’t change their usability. These sugar grains can dissolve by soaking the fruit in hot water or other fluids.
How to Use Raisins?
Cooking with raisins is very easy. Just add them directly from package to the recipe. Although sometimes you’ll want to soften, chop, or soak them before using.
You can use raisins as a powerful energy booster snack on your everyday diet, especially for children and athletes. You can eat them right out of hand or add them to your savory salads, bread, muffins, cookies, and desserts.
Where to buy raisins?
Raisins are available in many stores like grocery stores, sold in cans, bags, or snack-sized packaging with a good price. While you cannot determine the freshness of raisins in the package, remember to test them anyway because raisins harden as they age. When squeezed, the contents of the box should feel smooth, not hard. Also, you can shake the package and listen for any rattling, which also indicates hard raisins.
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