The Raisins Rigmarole
A Brief History
Believed to be first produced by Egyptians, the presence of Raisins dates back to 2000 B.C. They have been mentioned in several ancient writings that suggest that they were used not just for eating, but also for treating illnesses and even paying taxes.
Throughout the years, wine-making has been classified as the most important use of grapes, however, a small amount of those grapes have always been made into raisins.
Grapes are first harvested, then their bunches are cut, and further, the cut bunches are sun-dried for 21 days. After the 21 days long sun-drying, the dried fruit thus obtained is what we call Raisins, which are then washed and their stems are removed.
The Raisins are then graded and sorted on the basis of colour and size. Grading can be done in two ways- either by hand or by using an automated machine. We at Farmley, use the machine that sorts the Raisins based on all the colours ranging from green to golden and on the basis of varied sizes.
During the sun-drying, we don’t make use of Carbonates and Sulphur (which are not fit for consumption), as opposed to other suppliers. Instead, we make sure that the Sulphur content reduces down to 0.001% during the washing stage, which is present in 25x more quantity in the Raisins coming from others in the market.
Our process is completely automated, and hence the consistency in colour, taste and size is maintained throughout.
Customers are okay with the Sulphur content in the Raisins they buy, for they are unaware and lack knowledge about the same. It has been a challenge for us to make customers conscious of the same, and convince them to make the right choice. It has been a fight in itself to generate demand for a product that’s offered at a premium because it’s safer and healthier to consume.
Raisins are sun-dried on open grounds, where they are most exposed to foreign objects like sand and mud, but we at Farmley make sure that our Raisins are free of all of them when they reach you. Another one of the key quality parameters and our identifying factors is that the stem size is the smallest. Our Sulphur content is minimum and the uniformity in colour, size and taste is consistently maintained. We regulate the whole supply chain which in turn gives us better control of the quality and our highly qualified team makes sure that they match our products to the strict quality standards.
Adding to the dry-fruits family at Farmley, Raisins bring with them both- health and taste.
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