A NATURAL TREAT
A delicious mix – the natural snack alternative
A prune is the dried fruit of the Prunus domestica or European Plum. In the USA it is increasingly known as the dried plum.
Plums may be one of the first fruits domesticated by humans. Three of the most abundant cultivars are only found around human settlements: Prunus domestica has been traced to East European and Caucasian mountains. Plum remains have been found in Neolithicage archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs
They are a good source of phenols, which help to prevent oxygen damage to cells. Their soluble fibre slows down absorption of glucose, stabilising blood-sugar levels. Prunes are one of the best foods for vitamin K, vital for strong bones and blood clotting.
In 2011The EU ruled that prunes do not have a laxative effect and producers cannot say that they do
A raisin is a dried grape. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada the word “raisin” is reserved for the dark-coloured dried large grape, with “sultana” being a golden-coloured dried grape, and “currant” being a dried small Black Corinth grape.
Raisin in French refers to the fresh fruit; grappe (from which the English grape is derived) refers to the bunch (as in une grappe de raisins).
The cultivation of the domesticated grape began 6,000–8,000 years ago in the Near East. The earliest archaeological evidence for a dominant position of wine-making in human culture dates from 8,000 years ago in Georgia.
Yeast, occurs naturally on the skins of grapes, leading to the innovation of alcoholic drinks such as wine. The earliest known production occurred around 8,000 years ago in Georgia.
Raisins range from about 67% to 72% sugars by weight, most of which is fructose and glucose. They also contain about 3% protein and 3.7%-6.8% dietary fibre. Raisins, like prunes and apricots, are also high in certain antioxidants, but have lower vitamin C content than fresh grapes. Raisins are low in sodium and contain no cholesterol
What’s the difference between Sultanas, Raisins and Currants?
- Raisins are dried white grapes usually of the variety ‘Muscatel’. The main producers are the USA, Turkey, Greece and Australia.
- Sultanas are small raisins. They are seedless, sweet, pale golden in colour and come mainly from Turkey.
- Currants are dried, black, seedless grapes originally produced in Greece. They were known as ‘raisins of the sun’.
source: Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew