A raisin is a dried grape. Raisins are produced in many regions of the world and may be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking and brewing.”Golden raisins” (called “sultanas” outside the USA) are made from the sultana grape, treated with sulfur dioxide to maintain their golden color, and dried either on the vine or on special drying racks.
They can be used as single whole units or as garnishing, seasoning or tempering ingredients. They can even be consumed raw. They can be incorporated in main dishes such as beef-based dishes, chicken and turkey, salads, jams and sauces, sweets and desserts, health-based raisin recipes and for other dishes such as rice, breads or soups.
Raisins range from about 67% to 72% sugars by weight, most of which is fructose and glucose. They also contain about 3% protein and 3.5% dietary fiber. Raisins, like prunes and apricots, are also high in certain antioxidants, but have a lower vitamin C content than fresh grapes. Raisins are low in sodium and contain no cholesterol. The routine consumption of raisins (three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks.