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Confused - raisins and sultanas!

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lunavix Mon 02-May-05 20:06:19

What's the difference?

Looking on the back of the packs and they're made in exactly the same way from exactly the same grapes from exactly the same region.

moondog Mon 02-May-05 20:07:19

Gosh yes!! What is the bloody difference?
And where do currants come in?

Surfermum Mon 02-May-05 20:08:07

Oh Moondog! I was sure you'd know!

Kayleigh Mon 02-May-05 20:09:33

I have always thought that raisins were black grapes and sultanas were white grapes.

moondog Mon 02-May-05 20:11:08

Moi sm??!!!
non non non!

moondog Mon 02-May-05 20:11:57

That makes sense kayleigh. Still confused re currants!

WigWamBam Mon 02-May-05 20:12:34

This is what I found when I googled:

Dark raisins are the most common variety and start as green grapes then darkens as they dry.

White/golden raisins (muscats) are made of white muscat grapes which are seeded and oven-dried rather than by the sun.

Sultanas are more popular in Europe and come from a seedless yellow grape and are usually softer and sweeter than other varieties.

Currants are made from Black Corinth grape called Zante. They are tiny, seedless, and very sweet and aromatic.

moondog Mon 02-May-05 20:16:38

You're a star wwb. I can die happy.

Kayleigh Mon 02-May-05 20:17:45

well, you learn something new every day

meggymoo Mon 02-May-05 20:18:23

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lunavix Mon 02-May-05 20:31:37

meggymoo - might be right as in tescos these sultanas and raisins are the same grapes!

zebraX Mon 02-May-05 21:09:42

That is really weird, because you can buy fresh currants (small, bright red). I have seen them growing on trees in California. They are not a variety of grape.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 02-May-05 21:12:33

Yeah, fresh currants (red or black) and dried currants are completely unrelated. I don't know why.

throckenholt Mon 02-May-05 21:33:07

fresh currants grow on bushes and are unrelated to grapes - they are either black, red or white.

blackcurrents are what go into things like ribena.

jjash Mon 02-May-05 21:43:54

dried raisins rehydrate when a 2 year old puts them up her nose and has to have them removed with a doctors huge tweezers

Gomez Mon 02-May-05 21:45:57

And they all pop out the other end of your average toddler very similar to how they went in .

throckenholt Mon 02-May-05 21:51:09

definitely Gomez - hardly seems worth giving them too them. Also happens with dried apricot, apple rings and sweetcorn - to name but a few

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