April 30 is National Raisin Day.
Raisins are basically dried grapes. They are produced in many regions of the world and may be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking and brewing.
Raisin varieties depend on the type of grape used, and are made in a variety of sizes and colors including green, black, blue, purple and yellow. Raisins are traditionally sun-dried, but may also be water-dipped and artificially dehydrated.
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. They can contain up to 72% sugars by weight, most of which is fructose and glucose. Raisins also contain about 3% protein and 3.7% – 6.8% dietary fiber. They are also high in certain antioxidants but have a lower vitamin C content than fresh grapes. Raisins are low in sodium and contain no cholesterol.
Here are 15+ delicious raisin recipes to celebrate National Raisin Day:
Oatmeal Raisin Pie
Carrot Raisin Salad
Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
Yaourtopitta (Yoghurt and Raisin Cake)
Raisin Bran Muffins
Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins and Cheddar Cheese
Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Easy Raisin Bran Breakfast Bars
Cinnamon Raisin Carrot Cake
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Coconut Covered Raisins
Easy Raisin Sauce for Ham