Raisin

Raisins are a very old product and have been known since biblical times. Raisin production spread from the Middle East to many other parts of the world. The United States and Turkey produce two-thirds of the world production of about 1 million metric tons. Raisins are produced from varieties of grapes (Vitis vinifera) that have a high sugar content. The sultanas produced from the Thompson seedless variety of grapes are the most well-known. Grapes to be dried into raisins are picked by hand and spread on paper trays between the rows of grapevines. The grapes on the trays have to be turned to promote even drying. They are then transported to the packing shed for cleaning, grading, adjustment of moisture content, and packaging. Raisins are usually added to bakery products, breakfast cereals, confections, chocolate bars, and the like. Raisins can also be used to make brandy, such as the aniseed-flavored ouzo in Greece or raki in Turkey.

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