What is the difference between raisins, sultanas and currants?
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Raisins, sultanas and currants can all be used in various sweet and savory recipes. But they do have differences in terms of their size, color, flavor, and texture.
Raisins are dried grapes that come in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures. They can be dark brown, golden, or black. Natural-dried raisins can be made from a wide variety of grape types.
Sultanas are small, seedless, and light yellow in color, often called “golden raisins.” Made from a variety known as the Thompson Seedless grape, native to the Mediterranean region, they are used in cakes, pastries, and fruit salads. Sultanas can also be used in pilafs and curries. Instead of being dried naturally, they are dipped in a solution and dehydrated. They are more juicy and sweet than either raisins or currants.
Currants are the smallest of the dried grapes and are dried from small, tart black Corinth grapes. They have a plump, slightly tart flavor and a tender, juicy texture. They are commonly used in savory dishes, as well as baked goods such as scones and fruitcake.