The raisins and the grape-juice syrup are, together with honey, the most important traditional sweeteners in Crete.
The vineyards of our area (at the centre of the county of Heraklion in Crete) mainly produce the muscatel variety that is ideal for making raisins (seedless raisins). The drying takes place under the scorching summer sun of the island in a natural way.
The final product goes through a rigorous screening process under strict hygiene rules when selecting the best quality. For better maintenance, it is smeared with vegetable oil. Before packing, it is flavoured naturally with cinnamon, cloves and laurel leaves.
The quality, flavour and fine aroma are the strong features of our product.
The grape is a rich source of trace elements and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and others), with beneficial effects on health(*). It has rich nutrients, it is a good source of iron, potassium and selenium, while containing vitamin A and vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B6, etc.) and is rich in fiber. Because it is a good vegetable source of iron, it helps in the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia. The raisins are an excellent source of potassium, which has proven to be one of the factors that reduces blood pressure and fluid retention. The raisins are rich in fiber, which act as constipation, hemorrhoids and help lower cholesterol. The Study Centre for Studies and Research in Los Altos, California, showed that 1/4 cup of raisins a day lowers cholesterol by 10%.
It is noteworthy that raisins contain substances that fight bacteria in the mouth that are responsible for caries and gingivitis. It is known that sugar consumption is responsible for the acidification and the creation of dental plaque. Raisins contain mainly fructose and glucose that do not support the creation of dental plaque.
As in the top antioxidant foods, they have a positive effect on heart disease by stimulating the body to use its own cholesterol.
They are used as an ingredient in many dishes, salads and pastries, while, eaten as just a fruit, they are a tasty snack, especially for athletes.
They are kept in a cool & dry place for too long (over 14 months).
Available in packages:
• Small bag lined kraft paper of 170 g and 200 g
• Plastic container of 1 kg.
• Carton of 10kg