EN on Foods

December 2013 Issue

Raisin’ the Bar on Nutrition

The folklore. Raisins have been revered since ancient times. Grapes were dried into tiny wrinkled gems as early as 2,000 BC, when they were eaten and used as decorations during feasts and religious ceremonies, as well as utilized for barter currency and prizes during sporting events by the Romans. Produced worldwide today, California is the largest producer, tracing back to 1873 when a determined grape grower took his crop, which had been “destroyed” by a heat wave, to market and met instant success. The rest is, indeed, history.

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