“Walking endlessly in the deep night, one behind the other, all blind….And the few times we stopped to relax, never exchanged a word, just heavy and silent, under the light of a small spunk, we’ve been sharing the raisin, one by one.” – Odysseus Elytis
In Greece, two are the prevailing types of raisin: Corinthian (black raisin) and Soultanina (blond raisin). The cultivation of the Corinthian raisin is implemented mainly in the areas of Northern and Western Peloponnese and in the Ionian Islands, where the soil conditions are ideal for natural production, thanks to the sea breeze and the sunlight. The cultivation of Soultanina is widespread in Crete and in Corinth.
The Corinthian raisin results by the exsiccation of the respective Greek grapes [scientific name Vitis Vinifera L.), having the feature of extremely thin berries without nucleus. The excellent flavor and the rich taste rank it to the top of all raisins.
The Corinthian raisin is a natural product that preservers all the ingredients of fresh grapes, e.g sugars, vitamins, metallic salts, dietary fibers, antioxidants and flavors. It is characterized as the perfect natural alternative food and sweetener with fabulous taste and flavors. Its natural sugars, mainly fructose and glucose, are simple sugars (monosaccharides) and treated as precious direct energy source for the human organism.
It is especially rich in iron, potassium and magnesium. It includes high content of calcium, manganese, zinc and other mineral elements and vitamins. It is also very high in dietary fibers, contains antioxidants (flavonoid, anthocyanins etc) and is cholesterol and sodium free.
The organic grapes are produced in organic vineyards, in harmony with nature, that constitute the natural environment of many microorganisms. The selected varieties are adapted to the local conditions and are as much tolerant as possible. Those organic grapes produce high quality organic raisins.
The Corinthian Raisin “Vostitsa” is recognized as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and exclusively cultivated in the region of Egialia with the excellent microclimate and the ideal slopes for the farming of organic vineyards.