Raisin

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A dried grape, which are eaten out of hand or added to baked goods, as well as sweet and savory dishes. Thompson green grapes can be processed into either dark and golden seedless raisins, changing in both appearance and taste. To create the dark raisins from green grapes, the grapes are sun-dried for several weeks, which causes them to take on a dark, shriveled appearance. Golden raisins are treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent their color from darkening. They are dried with artificial heat, resulting in a moister, plumper product. They both have a sweet flavor, but the golden raisin tends to taste moist and tangier flavored. Golden raisins are also referred to as Sultanas. Dark red Flame grapes are also available, which are dried into small dark variety of raisin.

Raisins can be stored, tightly sealed, at room temperature for several months, but to store longer (up to a year) they should be sealed in a plastic bag and placed in a refrigerator.

Tip: When adding raisins to batters for baked goods, coat the raisins with flour either individually or by shaking the raisins in a bag containing flour. Flour coated raisins will then stay suspended within the batter being prepared.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup, packed
Calories296
Protein2g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates78g
Dietary Fiber6g
Potassium825mg
Sodium28mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 cup, packed
Calories299
Protein3g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates79g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars59g
Potassium749mg
Sodium11mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 cup, packed
Calories302
Protein3g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates79g
Dietary Fiber4g
Sugars59g
Potassium746mg
Sodium12mg
Cholesterol0mg

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