Organic Thompson Raisins. May contain nut shells, nuts, soy and sesame ingredients.
Grapes and raisins have been around for a long long time now. Being the dried form of sweet grapes, raisins were discovered for the first time entirely by accident, when they were found dried on vines as early as 2000 BC. Wall paintings from the ancient times show that these dry fruits were consumed and used as decorations in the Mediterranean regions of Europe.
It is also believed that the Romans used raisins as barter currency, beautified their places of worship with them and they were given as prizes to the winners of sporting events. It was in late 19th century that raisins became popular in America, when a heat wave destroyed the grape harvest and left behind the dehydrated form.
Raisins are a classic choice for any time you crave a snack. They are delicious whether they are eaten alone or thrown together in a mix of nuts, seeds and other dried fruits (like our Kilimanjaro, Annapurna and Machu Pichu trail mixes!). Raisins are also a key ingredient in lots of recipes for breads, pastries, salads, cookies, pilafs or couscous – just use your imagination!
Need some more inspiration? Try these recipes:
Quinoa pilaf with tomatoes, roasted almonds and raisins
Carrot and raisin bread
Soft oatmeal, almond and raisin cookies
Blueberry, raisin and orange zest muffins
Quinoa salad with cucumbers, raisins and cinnamon
Mini raisin and walnut-studded carrot cakes with lime-cashew icing
Can be preserved in a cool, dry cupboard protected from light and humidity for up to 12 months.
It was in 1876 that Scottish immigrant William Thompson grew a seedless grape variety that was thin-skinned, seedless, sweet and tasty. Today, 95 percent of California raisins are made from Thompson seedless grapes.