Monday, February 14, 2011

the story of raisins

got back a container full of raisins from my Chinese New Year excursion back in Catland. Imagine,instead of the normal sweets and candies, raisins were serve as treats for the guests who came.

let me tell you a secret,

I love eating raisins.

so in celebrating all that is good about raisins,

Here are some quick facts about eating raisins:

  • The word raisin dates back to Middle English and is a loanword from Old French; in Old French and French, raisin means "grape," while, in French, a dried grape is referred to as a raisin sec, or "dry grape." The Old French word in turn developed from the Latin word racemus, "a bunch of grapes
  • Raisins are produced in Armenia, the United States, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Macedonia, Mexico, Greece, Syria, Turkey,Georgia, India, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, China, Afghanistan, Togo, Jamaica, South Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe.
  • In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand the word "raisin" is reserved for the dried large dark grape, with "sultana" being a dried large white grape, and "currant" being a dried small Black Corinth grape. In India and Pakistan, the black raisin is known as kishmish(किशमिश/کشمش, a Hindustani word) and sultanas are known as munaqqa (मुनक़्क़ा/منقہ). In Dutch, the word krent is reserved for Corinth based raisins, and raisin cognate rozijn for the rest.
  • Raisins range from about 67% to 72% sugars by weight, most of which is fructose and glucose. They also contain about 3% protein and 3.5% dietary fiber. Raisins, like prunes and apricots, are also high in certain antioxidants. As with all dried fruits, raisins have a very low vitamin C content. New research has shown, despite having a high concentration of sugars, raisins fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.
  • Raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. The cause of this is not known.

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myezatul aQma said...

i always take raisin as launch bcoz don't have much time to go to cafe.
for me , it's good because it's sugar give us energy.

sully86 said...

myezatul: yup!! and it's compact and easy to bring around. Sometimes it's good to eat this for lunch because can get boring sometimes

MaTNaggeR said...

raisins sure are sweet. That's why I like them hehe =P

sully86 said...

matnagger: yup. One of the best snacks to be eaten.

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