Zante currants are smaller than ordinary raisins and intensely flavored. Excellent for baking or snacking they dried, seedless red grapes with a sweet and tangy taste. The rich flavor of currants is delicious in cakes, jams, pancakes, pies, sauces, toppings and other dishes.
A rich source of iron, antioxidants, and fiber, currants will give your diet a super nutritional boost.
CURRANTS VS. RAISINS
Currants and raisins, along with close relative sultanas, are all naturally sweet dried fruits made from different varieties of raisins. Currants are the rarest variety of the three. True black and red currants (different from Zante currants) tend to be tarter and grow on bushes rather than sultanas and raisins which grow on vines.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CURRANTS
Nutritional Powerhouse: Zante currants are naturally low in sodium, fat-free and cholesterol-free, but provide an ample supply of vitamins and minerals. They boast high levels of iron, potassium, calcium, and B-complex vitamins. They are also a plentiful source of dietary fiber and antioxidants.
Lower Cholesterol Levels: Research suggests that including currants in your diet can reduce harmful cholesterol levels. These small raisins are a good source of soluble fiber, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and limit the amount of cholesterol absorbed into the bloodstream. A study from the University of Connecticut showed that participants lowered LDL cholesterol levels when they ate one cup of raisins per day and walked regularly.
Bone Health: It’s important to eat foods that will keep your bones strong and healthy. Zante currants are especially rich in a trace element called boron, which supports strong bones and improves healthy joint function. Studies suggest that including boron-rich foods as part of your diet can lower the risk for developing osteoporosis, an age-related disease that causes weak and fragile bones.
Vitamins for Eyes: UV ray exposure from sunlight causes a build-up of free radicals that can damage the eyes. The antioxidants in currants protect the eye’s retina by repairing damaged cells. Vitamin A and carotenoids also protect against age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease which causes vision loss and blindness.
Cavity-Fighter: Currants might be the only sweet treat that gets the approval of your dentist. These raisins are packed with compounds that fight oral bacteria, the cause for cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Research presented at the American Society for Microbiology found five different compounds naturally occurring in raisins that can protect teeth and gums.
Zante currants (1/10th of 1% vegetable oil to prevent clumping). Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.