Sultana and Raisin Infusion (Ribes rubrum)
Black corinth is a small, dark purple seedless grape, which is very sweet. These grapes are also known as Zante currant, which refers to the Greek island where they first grew. They are mainly dried for confectionery and baking.
These small grapes are grown in Greece and Australia; they are usually dried on the vine, but can also be removed.
Raisins are a variety of dried dark grape. The etymology of the word is rooted in both Latin and Old French. The Latin word ‘racemus’ meant ‘bunch of grapes’, which developed into ‘raisin’ in Old French. Raisins can be sun-dried, water dipped or dehydrated.
Sultanas are a type of white seedless grape grown across the world. They were first imported to the Western world by the Ottoman Empire. Legend has it that the sultan fled a tiger attack so hastily that he left his white grapes behind in the hot sun. When he came back, they had turned into something quite different and they were subsequently named ‘sultanas.’
The grape is thought to have been well established throughout the world long before the arrival of humans. Grape (Vitis vinifera), our most common grape, is one of the oldest cultivated plants, some of the earliest records of which exist in Egypt, dated around 4000 BC.
We take currants, sultanas and raisins and infuse them in boiled water before draining the mixture to add to products.
Grape is the generic name given to the berry of a grape vine plant. There are several species that make up the genus Vitis (family Vitaceae), including varieties that are eaten as fruit, dried to produce raisins, currants and sultanas, or crushed to make juice and wine. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, containing magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C and several of the vitamin B group.