Long Golden Raisin are also known as “Kashmari Golden Raisins”. The name is derived from the kashmar region in Iran where this variety of raisins is mainly cultivated and prepared. This kind is famous for its special sweet and sour taste and its long length shape. Long raisin like golden raisins are made using sulfur fumigation process and shade dried so they are golden amber in color. That is why is product is used either as a main ingredient or garnish in a variety of Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.
Golden Raisins are made by mainly adding sulfur dioxide to raisins die the raisins to the color desired. The level of sulfur dioxide used in the Golden Raisin Naturizon offers is within if not below the guidelines provided by the Canadian Health department.
Raisins, like dried apricots, figs, and prunes, are dense sources of energy, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Additionally, they are packed with several health benefiting poly phenolic anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, and other phyto-nutrients.
Raisins are free of gluten toxin and can be consumed by people who do not tolerate gluten as an alternative healthy food. Raisins are dense sources of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. In addition, they are rich in heart-healthy electrolyte, potassium. Furthermore, Raisins are also good source of some B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
When looking to purchase raisins always choose high-quality raisins, since substandard berries have thin flesh, and poor taste and flavor. Purchase raisins that are full-fleshed, and plump in appearance. It is perfectly fine to have wrinkles shown on raisins. Avoid old stocks as well as those with excess moisture, mold, or affected by sunburn, scars, insect injury, mechanical injury, which may seriously affect their appearance, edibility, and keeping quality.
Being a dry fruit, raisins have a long shelf life. They keep well when stored in airtight containers and placed away from moisture, humidity, sunlight and high temperature. They can also be stored inside the refrigerator. Prolonged cold storage may results in precipitation of their sugar contents. However, this should not offset their quality. It can be reversed by just soaking them in boiled water for few minutes in order to dissolve sugar crystals.
They can be enjoyed as a snack, all alone without any additions.
Sprinkle over to enrich fruit salads and ice creams, desserts…etc.
Add to bakery items like chocolates, cookies, muffins, bread, puddings, biscuits, cakes, waffles…etc.
They can be enjoyed with other dry fruits (apricots, dates, prunes, figs) and nuts like almonds, cashew, macadamia… etc.
This variety of raisins contains sulphites and should be consumed by caution and/or avoided by individuals that are allergic to sulphites.