Sultanas are mainly produced from the white grape Vitis Vinifera of which the Thompson Seedless cultivar is the most common. 5 kilos of sun dried fresh grapes are needed to produce just 1 kilo of sultanas. This produces a soft, juicy and very sweet amber coloured fruit. The sultana has its own distinctive sun drying treatment which varies depending on the origin, but which differentiates it from the raisin. The drying can take from a week to 10 days until the moisture content has been reduced. Sultanas are treated with vegetable oil and we are able to offer different specifications as required.
The products we offer in small, standard and jumbo sizes include:
- Standard No 9, No 10 & No 11(Turkey)
- Gouchan (Iran)
- Orange River (South Africa)
- 5 Crown (Australia)
- Type 2 & Type 22 (Greece)
Most raisins are dried from the white seedless grape, Vitis Vinifera, of which with Thompson Seedless cultivar is the most common. Thompson was an English gardener who took his vines to the USA. The USA is now by far the largest producer in the world of seedless raisins and these are grown in the San Joaquin valley of central California. Grapes are either hand or mechanically picked and laid in rows in the vineyards to dry in the sunshine for between 2-3 weeks. This grape when dried becomes naturally seedless and naturally sun dried. Raisins do come from the same grape as the sultana but the drying method is different and more concentrated creating the familiar ‘crinkled’ appearance of a raisin.
The products we offer include:
- Select and Midget Thompson Seedless (USA & South Africa)
- Golden Thompson Seedless (South Africa)
- Select and Midget Thompson Seedless (Turkey)
- Bidonah (Iran)
- Medium and Midget Raisins (Afghanistan)
- Flame Seedless (Chile)
- Lexia (Australia)
Currants are dried black seedless grapes and come from a variety of grapes known as the ‘Corinth’ from which the word currant is thought to originate. The classification of currants is based on the growing area so that in order of quality different types of currants are produced in specific areas of Greece which remains the principal producer.
Vostizza – From the high mountain of Aeghion in the North
Gulf – From the hills around the Gulf or Corinth
Zante – From the steep hillside of the Ionian island of Zakynthos
Provincial – From the lower areas of Patras, Pyrgos and Calamata
The rule ‘biggest is best’ does not apply to currants as if the fruit becomes too large it develops a pip. Fruit is graded into two sizes and the small fruit is used mainly in the baking industry and the larger distributed for retail or wholesale.
The products we offer in different sizes (medium, small, ungraded and siftings) include:
- Vostizza, Gulf, Zante, Provincial (Greece)
- Choice Currants (South Africa)
- Zante Currants (USA)
- Ungraded Currants (Australia)