dried fruits

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Raisins

Raisins are grapes that are either sundried or dried mechanically. The most common grapes used for raisins are Thompson seedless, Zante and Muscat. Thompson seedless grapes can be used to make either dark or golden raisins. Dark raisins are sun-dried for several weeks, producing a shriveled appearance and deep color; while golden raisins are treated with sulphur dioxide (a preservative) and … [Read more...]

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Dates

Cultivated in the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years, dates sustained caravans traveling across Arabian deserts in ancient times. The date you'll find most often is a semi-soft variety with firm flesh called Deglet Noor. It accounts for 95% of U.S. production. You can find Zahidi, Medjool and Barhi at health food stores. While dates do have some nutritional attributes (they … [Read more...]

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Figs

Figs are one of the Western world’s oldest known foods and were introduced by the Spanish in the mid-1700s. Almost all domestic figs are now produced in California. Fresh or dried, figs are a good source of fiber. They also contain some potassium, magnesium, calcium as well as phytonutrients called ficins. Glycemic Index=64 Glycemic Load=16 Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=3,383 … [Read more...]

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