Raisins are a convenient, high energy low fat snack; they are easy to pack, easy to eat and almost never go bad. Raisins are so versatile that they can be served in a wide variety of ways.
When most fruits are dried, they keep their same name, but not the grape. The dried form of the grape, revered throughout history, has its own unique name: the raisin. Raisins are made from dehydrating grapes in a process that either involves the heat of the sun or a mechanical process of oven drying.
Raisins are a great addition to any breakfast cereal, hot or cold. Soak raisins and other dried fruits in water to soften and add to any dessert of stewed or baked fruit. Raisins go well in most baked goods. Add them to bread, muffins and cookies. Raisins are tasty in all types of sweets and combine well with pasta, sauces, chicken and meat dishes. Raisins' sweetness and texture make them a great addition to poultry stuffing. Virtually any ice cream or dessert is improved by the addition of raisins.
The health and nutritional benefits of raisins range from the classic nutrients - such as natural sugars and potassium - to newly discovered antioxidant factors. Since raisins are high in potassium and low in sodium this makes them an ideal part of a heart healthy diet. Raisins are a rich source of calcium, which is necessary to strengthen bones and teeth. Data suggests that the routine consumption of raisins may significantly lower blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks.