Raisins have more nutrition than their small size. When grapes are dried to produce raisins, the nutrients become concentrated, making a handful of raisins a snack rich in B vitamins, iron and potassium and raisins (dry grapes) are also a good source of carbohydrates for energy.
Iran is the third largest exporter of raisins in the world. Iran is exporting more than 150.000 MT (near 30% global consumption) of raisins worth around 250 million dollars per year.
There are different types of Iranian raisins although each has their own unique taste and specification. Their color and taste is different due to the difference of their drying process.
Golden raisins are immersed in a solution of potassium carbonate, Australian Oil and water. They are dried in the shade away from sunlight and they are passively smoked with SO2 for a period of 7 to 8 hours. This type of raisins is very popular in Middle East.