We always like to bring you balanced and accurate information about the healthy food that we have in our stores and online.

So, when we were asked by a reader what the difference was between the humble raisin and the super tasty sultana, we decided we would take a closer look.

Of course, there are similarities. They are both highly nutritious, pack a real nutrient punch and contain up to four times the fibre, minerals and vitamins contained in fresh grapes.

With such a rich potassium, antioxidant, and fibre profile, we think these punch above their weight in terms of health benefits. Those benefits can include improved digestive health, lowered blood pressure and improved blood sugar levels.

Here are the things that set these dried grapes apart from each other:

Raisins

  • These little pops of sweet fruity flavour can be made from any variety of grapes.
  • They are larger than sultanas. n Raisins are dried naturally for around three weeks.
  • Raisins are always dark in colour, as grapes darken as they dry, giving them their dark brown hue.
  • The size, taste and colour is dependent on the type of grape chosen.

Sultanas

  • Sultanas are only made from seedless green grapes.
  • They are often dipped in an oil-based solution to speed up the drying process.
  • Sultanas are often the juiciest and the lightest in colour. n They are smaller than raisins.
  • In the USA sultanas are called Golden Raisins and in Australia they often dry them naturally and call them ‘natural’ sultanas.

(And currants? We would not leave those out. They are dried grapes chosen from the very smallest varieties of grapes, have the same nutritional power as their bigger grape cousins, but have a sweeter and more intense flavour. So now you know!)