Iranian Raisins

Iran is the third largest exporter of any kind of raisin in the world by exporting more than 150,000 Million Tones (27% global Consumption) of raisins worth around 250 million dollars annually. There are different varieties of Iranian Raisins; Sultana Raisins (Superior Qualily-Dark color), sultana raising (Light color - Malayer) Iranian Golden Raisins, Black Raisins and Green Raisins. The advantage of Iranian Raisins is principally its price, minerads and different methods of price, mine rals and processing, and that's the reason why Iranian Raisins minerals are amongst the finest raisins in the world. 

In Iran you can divide the variety of raisins into Seeded Raisins Unseeded Raisins, Green raisins, rice raisins and currants. Green raisins and rice raisins are obtained from seedless grapes and Currant is provided from variety of seeded grapes and they are very good for export from Iran to other countries. We explain Iranian raisins preparation method, because these names are related to raisins preparation method as well as the kind of grapes, which is used in raisins production. In Iran over 200 varieties of grapes have been named in different languages, but it is obvious that most of these names are related to one item that has found different names in different locations.


AsanExport introducing 4 kind of Iranian Raisins which are the best for export from Iran:


  • Iranian Iranian Golden Angori Raisins

Iranian Golden Raisin Sun-Made Iranian Golden Raisins are grown in the most parts of Iran, so they are Iranian Golden amber in color with a naturally sweet and fruity flavor. Iranian Golden seedless raisins come from quality Thompson Seedless raisins that are treated with sulfur dioxide to retain their Golden color. These sweet and Iranian chewy raisins are a delicious snack on their own, but can also be added to trail mixes, baked goods and granolas for an extra healthy snack.


  •  Iranian Golden Kashmary Raisins

Iranian Kashmary raisins, also known as long raisins and produced from local type Iranian raisins. This kind is famous for its special sweet and sour taste and its long length shape. Long raisin like Iranian Golden raisins are made using sulfur fumigation process and shade dried so they are green in color. This type is popular for those who dislike the extreme sweat flavor of other raisins types. Like other types, Kashmar raisins are dried, coated with vegetable oil, stemmed, mechanically cleaned, laser and hand sorted then materials detected under extreme care of hygienic conditions and with legal and safety requirements and the customers special specifications.


  • Iranian Sultana Raisins

Iranian SULTANA RAISINS is made of the best seedless grapes. To reach the desired quality, all raisins are washed and sorted twice in each process and then dipped in edible oil and then dried. Iranian sultana raisins are available in two color light brown and dark brown and tend to be sweeter. Iranian Sultana raisins have a delicate and unique flavor.


  • Iranian Malayer Raisins

Iranian Malayer raisin are excellent source of fibers and antioxidants. These are cultivated and harvested in a natural and hygienic way without use of any chemicals. They are extensively used in variety of dishes and cuisines. Features: • Rich aroma • High nutritional content • Affordable prices • Wide application in food items




Health Benefits of Iranian RAISINS


  • Raisins are dense sources of energy, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. On weight per weight comparison basis, 100 g of dried grapes provide 249 calories, several times more fiber, vitamins, minerals and poly-phenol antioxidants than the fresh grapes. Raisins, however, contain fewer amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, carotenes, lutein and xanthins than in the fresh grapes.


  • The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g raisin is 3037 µmol Trolex Equivalents (TE), while that of fresh grapes 1118 µmol TE/100 g.


  • As in grapes, raisins also contain phytochemical compound resveratrol. Resveratrol, a polyphenol anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, blood cholesterol lowering activities. Studies suggest that resveratrol has been found to have protective action against cancers like melanoma, colon and prostate, and diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD), degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease and viral/ fungal infections.


  • In addition, resveratrol reduces stroke risk by altering the molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels. It does so firstly by reducing susceptibility of blood vessels damage through decreased activity of angiotensin (a systemic hormone causing blood vessel constriction that would elevate blood pressure) and secondly, through increased production of the vasodilator substance, nitric oxide (a beneficial compound that causes relaxation of blood vessels).


  • Like in grapes they, especially those derived from red/purple grapes, are very high in anthocyanins, another class of polyphenolic anti-oxidants. Anthocyanins have been found to have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities.


  • 100 g raisins provide 3.7 g or 10% of daily-required levels of dietary fiber. Studies suggest moderate fiber in the diet help lower body weight, cholesterol levels in the blood, and colon and breast cancer incidence as well as constipation episodes by decreasing GI transit time of food. Furthermore, they are also abundant in flavonoid compounds such as tartaric acid, tannins, catechins...etc. Together with inulin and fiber; these compounds aid in smooth bowel movements through their laxative function.


  • They are free of gluten toxin and can be consumed by people who do not tolerate gluten as an alternative healthy food.


  • Raisins are dense sources minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. Copper and manganese are an essential co-factor of antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. 100 g provides 23% daily requirement levels of iron.


  • In addition, they are rich in heart-healthy electrolyte potassium. 100 g provide 749 mg of potassium. Potassium reduces heart rate, blood pressure by countering sodium and thereby helps prevent stroke, CHD, and peripheral vascular diseases.


  • Furthermore, they are also good source of some B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.


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