Our organic Fairtrade raisins are:
•checked several times
•without preserving agents
•without any acidifiers or sweetener
•without colouring agents or other natural additives
Dried raisins contain the same nutrients as fresh grapes, in a concentrated form. That’s why dried fruits are indispensable for a balanced diet.
Some of the substances contained in raisins are called antioxidants, which prevent unwanted oxidation from taking place in our bodies. This is why they are also known as free radical scavengers. Their action slows down the cells‘ ageing process, and reduces the effects of a number of diseases [1 and 3].
The amino acids active in raisins, in particular valine, threonine, lysine, leucine and histidine [1 and 2] are also beneficial to health.
Raisins have a very high antioxidant capacity of 10450 µmol TE (ORAC value = Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity).
The body’s defence mechanisms are strengthened by foods rich in antioxidants, and this helps to neutralise excessive production of free radicals. The recommended ORAC daily requirement is between 5000 and 7000 .
The Bukhara raisin takes its name from the town of Bukhara, a major town in Uzbekistan, whose many noted buildings have made it a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The town was an important centre during the era of the Persian Empire and a major transport hub on the southern Silk Road. Bukhara has brought forth a huge number of poets, scholars and rulers.
Organic Fairtrade black Bukhara raisins are lovely large black raisins with a dullish hue. The fruit flesh is intensely sweet and fruity and has no pips. The skin is firm.
Origin and Production:
We source our organic Fairtrade raisins exclusively from Uzbekistan. Large parts of the region are certified for organic and FAIRTRADE products, and are cultivated by the FAIRTRADE farmers living there. The farmers are part of a large Fairtrade community made up of 3 groups,Dustkul Bogi, Turkiston Gulba and Turob Bobo.
1,000 farmers and their families belong to the community. By working with Fairtrade, the farmers can provide their families with a secure income and offer their children new opportunities.
After harvesting, the raisins are washed and then gently dried using solar energy. The drying process is very eco-friendly, using a solar drying method that has a minimal impact on the product.