Sultanas & Raisins are made from green seedless grapes, particularly the Thompson Seedless variety. More specifically, they are different types of dried grapes. The only difference between Raisins and Sultanas is that Sultanas are dipped in a potassium carbonate solution to help diminish the skin of the grape which aids the overall drying process and as a result, Sultanas have light colour finish.
Both products are available in conventional and organic forms and mostly come from Turkey. Raisins are also common from USA, South Arica and Chile.
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Dried figs are the dried forms of the fig fruit, which grows on the fig tree, scientifically known as Ficus Carica.
Dried figs are readily available in many parts of the world and have a much longer shelf life than fresh figs. This is a Middle Eastern fruit but is now widely exported from Turkey to the rest of the world. Dried figs are made by either drying in the sun, or through a dehydration process to remove excess water, leaving behind a fibre-rich, nutrient-dense snack. Figs are an excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, and dietary fibre.
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Apricots are produced in different parts of the world, however, majority of the Apricots imported into UK and Europe come from Turkey. Apricots are dried either in sun (dark coloured) or in the presence of SO2 (light coloured).
Organic figs are not sulphured and therefore comes only in dark colour due to sun drying.
As well as being low in calories, apricots are a great source of antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C.
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Currants are really dried Corinth grapes that are more or less just small raisins. True currants are small berries that grow on shrubs. The Currants are also produced in South Africa and USA but largest produced of Currants in the world is, Greece. The 2 famous grades of Greek Currants are Vostizza & Provisional but other grades are available too.
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Prunes are dried plums but not all varieties of plums can be dried into prunes.
They are produced in different parts of the world but Mostly UK prunes are imported from Chile, USA and France. Prunes have a high sugar content, which allows them to be dried without fermenting. They are also high in fibre.
Different grades of dried prunes on offer but not limited to are:
Coconut comes from the edible fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree of the palm family. Coconut is high in carbs and fat. They also contain protein, several important minerals, and small amounts of B vitamins.
Most of the UK imports of Coconut comes from Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.
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Banana chips are deep-fried or dried, generally crispy slices of bananas. They are usually made from firmer, starchier banana varieties like the Saba and Nendran cultivars. Dried banana chips are a great natural confectionery that can be enjoyed as a guilt-free snack to curb a sweet tooth. Majority of the imported Banana chips into the UK comes from various parts of Asia including Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Different grades of Sweetened Banana Chips on offer but not limited to are:
Dried apple is a dehydrated version of its fresh counterpart. Dried apples are an amazing source of insoluble and soluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps to control blood sugar levels and reduces bad cholesterol levels. Insoluble fibre improves digestive health. It has immune-boosting vitamins just as minerals like iron and calcium. Majority of the dried apple imported into the UK comes from China. However, many other Asian and some African countries are also catching up with the supplies. The apple crop is harvested in October.
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Dried mango is a dehydrated version of its fresh counterpart. Though dried mango has a lower antioxidant content than its fresh counterpart, it’s still a good source of carotenoids. It’s also linked to higher fibre intake and improved dietary quality. Majority of the dried mango imported into the UK comes from Philippines. However, other Asian and especially African countries i.e., Angola are also catching up with the supplies.
Different grades of Dried Mango on offer but not limited to are:
Dried pineapple is a dehydrated version of its fresh counterpart. Dried pineapple has a lot of benefits and it is a good source of calcium, potassium, manganese, fibre as well as vitamins A, B and C. It is also very useful in preventing cancer because it contains fluoride.
Dried pineapples are imported into UK from Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand along with other Asian and African countries.
Different grades of Dried Pineapple Rings on offer but not limited to are: