It is probably the types of raisins used that makes the difference between golden and regular raisins. No, because both types of raisins are made from the same seedless green raisins. What could actually make the difference between the two? Let us find out below.
Regular raisins are colored brown and are small and dried. Golden raisins which are basically the same size as regular raisins are light gold in color and are plumper and juicier than regular ones.
Sultanas is another name given to golden raisins. In the US, this sweet treat is called golden raisins. But in the UK, Australia, and other places, they are usually called sultanas.
Most of the raisins produced in the world come from California.
The nutritional content of both regular and golden raisins is the same. Both are rich in fiber and potassium and contain many antioxidants.
Their caloric content is very high. When removing liquid from grapes, the resulting raisins are very small in size so when you are eating it, you will not realize that you are eating a lot of it.
It has very high natural sugar content. Since grapes are sweet, sugar is no longer added to raisins. Since the fruit is concentrated, the sugar is also concentrated.
The difference between regular raisins and golden raisins is in how they are made.
The power of the sun is used in making regular raisins. The grapes are laid on paper and sun-dried. In three weeks’ time, the fruit turns brown.
The process of making golden raisins is more sophisticated. Grapes are placed inside huge dehydrators to control heat and humidity as the fruit is drying. Because the environment is more controlled the fruit remains plump and juicy. In about 24 hours, the golden raisins are ready.
Golden raisins use an antioxidant called sulfur dioxide when processed. It acts as a preservative and helps the fruit retain its color. Sulfur dioxide can give allergies to certain people. Rashes, stomach cramps or asthma attacks are usually the symptoms of allergy to sulfur dioxide. If you are allergic to sulfur dioxide, then it is important to check out the label of the raisin you are buying to find out if it is present.
There is a great healthy snack in raisins. You can easily carry them about with you and eat it when you feel hungry. RAisians are good for mixing with nuts and other snack foods.
If you want a great treat, then you can make your raisins into delicious candies. You can find out more about that here.
You can add raisins to your baked goods. Raisins is one of the main ingredients of oatmeal raisin cookies. You can enhance your cakes, muffins, sweet bread, and more by adding raisins to it.
You can put raisins in your oatmeal, in your salad, or to offset flavors in a savory dish like curry or chutney.