Iranian raisin


General history of raisins

In this article, we will have an introduction to the history of Iranian raisin, its varieties,

and consumption. Until the 20th century, Turkey, Iran, and Greece were the main producers

of raisins, and in the middle of the 20th century, America and

Australia were the second-largest producers in the world.

It is also interesting to know that the grape from which raisins were made for the first time

was cultivated in Egypt and Iran around 2000 BC, and it is mentioned in the books of the

Old Testament, the Bible, and the Quran. At the beginning of the appearance of raisins, the

Romans and Greeks decorated their religious places with grapes and gave raisins as

rewards to the winners of sports matches.

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Interesting ways of using Iranian raisin


Iranian raisin in the market is usually ready-to-eat and you can also eat them alone as a

snack or with rice, a variety of condiments, salad, and hot and cold cereals such as

oatmeal or granola (granola is a healthy and nutritious snack or breakfast that you can

prepare from the combination of oats filled with honey or brown sugar) and all kinds of

puddings as a complete meal. Moreover, Iranians usually eat Iranian raisin mixed with nuts

such as walnuts and cashew.


When you add them to baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and pastries,

you retain moisture in the final product. Besides, you can add them to any cooked

or cold food, salads, and vegetables.


How to keep this amazing fruit properly?


It is better to keep raisins in a dry, cool place, in closed and dark containers to preserve

their moisture. If you put them in the refrigerator or freezer, you can keep them fresh for up to a year. However, be careful not to keep them in cabinets near the stove,

as this will cause them to lose moisture faster.


More on the types and production of Iranian raisin 


As mentioned before, they are usually from drying different types of grapes in the sun; it is small and

sweet and has a wrinkled texture. Preparation of them has existed since ancient times

and evidence of its production was in the writings of the ancient Egyptians. Currently, sellers sell more than 227 million kilograms of raisins annually in the United States, Iran,

and many other countries. Moreover, this amount will increase, as people

use them as healthy snacks.

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