Mr. Food: A Variety of Raisins

April 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A raisin is like a grape with a suntan, because that's how the dark varieties are created ? from the heat and light of the sun. It's probably safe to say that raisins were discovered accidentally by man when grapes dried on the vine. After tasting them?they were a hit!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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As for the varieties, the raisins of old had seeds, but we don't find those much anymore. Today we prefer seedless raisins, especially for baking. And what's caught on besides the tiny tangy currants, which are said to be best for baking, are the ones made here in the U.S. from light-colored Thompson seedless grapes. When they're sun-dried, they shrink up to become the familiar dark raisins we've grown to love. And when they're oven-dried and cured, like magic they become lighter, tangier, golden raisins.

Either variety comes ready to eat, in loads of package options, at the supermarket. Although we don't have to, we can store them in the fridge or freezer.

Here's a tip for plumping up raisins: Soak them in warm water for 3 to 4 minutes, and they'll be as juicy as can be.

- No matter which variety you choose, enjoy raisins:

- By the handful for a boost of energy

- Sprinkled on cereals and salads for extra pizzazz

- In cooking (for sauces) and baking

Raisins always fit and, with so many choices, we've got so many reasons to say...

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