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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.
Dates are the fruit of the Phoenix dactylifera (date palm) which can grow to 20-25 metres high.
Dates have been cultivated for thousands of years – a staple of the Middle East and the Indus Valley (now Pakistan). They are believed to have originated in Iraq as early as 4000 BCE, although archaeological evidence shows date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BCE. The Ancient Egyptians ate the fruit and made date wine. There is also evidence of date cultivation in Mehrgarh a Neolithic civilization in western Pakistan, around 7000 BCE.
The fruit’s English name comes from the Greek word for “finger,” dáktulos, because of the fruit’s elongated shape
The Apricot tree thrives on well-drained mountainous slopes. They can tolerate temperatures down to -30°C, but tend to be sensitive to winter temperature changes. Early spring flowering makes them susceptible to spring frosts.
The fruit is a drupe (similar to peaches and almonds), and the seed or kernel is a good substitute for almonds (often used to flavour Italian Liqueur Amaretto and Amaretti biscotti).
Dried apricots were historically an important trading commodity in Persia.
Our whole pitted sun dried Malatya variety apricots originate from Turkey the world’s leading apricot producing country.
Fresh Malatya apricots collected from the trees are cured then pitted and dried in the sun. They are mechanically double washed, and selected to remove any foreign materials.
A popular health food snack, dried apricots are low in calories and high in fibre. They are a good source of vitamin A, beta carotene and potassium and have a low glycaemic index. Apricot kernels are traditionally used in Chinese medicine for treating asthma, coughs and constipation.
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