Originating from the region of Corinth, these raisins have come to be known as “black gold.”
They are considered to be one of Greece’s many “super foods,” nutrient-rich foods which are especially beneficial for health and well-being.
Greece is currently the main producer of Corinth raisins, producing 80% of the world’s supply. The remainder comes from Australia, the United States (specifically California) and South Africa.
The raisins are made from Black Corinth, a small, sweet, seedless grape. They are rich in fiber, potassium, antioxidants and various vitamins — e.g. B1, B2, B6 and C.
The high potassium content of the raisins plays a role in reducing heart rate and blood pressure. It also lowers the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular diseases. This is because it counters the effects of sodium.
Corinth raisins also promote good gut bacteria by producing prebiotic effects.
Scientists from the Athens-based Harokopio University have pointed to a 2013 study which shows Corinth raisins’ impressive effects on colorectal cancer.
During the study, antioxidants in the raisins demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects on cancer cells. The antioxidants also protected cells against harmful agents while stopping their proliferation.
Add them to your list
You can add these raisins to the growing list of Greek super foods whose histories stem from antiquity, when ancient Greeks used food to heal various ailments.
One of these super foods is early harvest olive oil, or what the ancient Greeks call “agoureleo,” oil from unripened olives.
Another one is honey, whose health benefits have been known to Greeks for centuries.