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What is the Difference between Raisins, Sultanas and Currants.

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Dried Fruits: The Difference between Raisins, Sultanas and Currants
Difference Between Raisins, Sultanas, Currants and Other Dried Fruits
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There is often great confusion on the difference between dried fruits used in British cooking - the 3 most popular being raisins, sultanas and currants.

  • Raisins are dried white grapes. They are dried to produce a dark, sweet fruit. The grapes used are usually Moscatel.
  • Sultanas are also dried white grapes but from seedless varieties. They are golden in color and tend to be plumper, sweeter and juicier than other raisins. Also referred to as Golden Raisins in the US.
  • Currants are dried, black, seedless grapes. They are dried to produce a black, tiny shriveled - yet packed with flavor - fruit. The currants used in British and Irish baking are known in the States as Zante currants.
  • Candied Mixed Peel is the thick peel of citrus fruits preserved in sugar.
  • Glacé Cherries cherries, again preserved in sugar solution, as the cherry usually loses colour in the process, colouring is added making them a distinctive, bright red.

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