Iranian Raisin

Iran is the third largest exporter of raisin in the world by exporting 92,000 tons (7% global Consumption) of raisins worth around 70 million dollars annually. There are different varieties of Iranian Raisins; Sultana Raisins, Golden Raisins, Black Raisins and Green Raisins. The advantage of Iranian Raisins is principally its price and different methods of processing, and that’s the reason why Iranian Raisins are amongst the finest raisins in the world.

It is believed that humans discovered raisins when they happened upon grapes drying on a vine. History books note that raisins were sun-dried from grapes as long ago as 1490 B.C. But several hundred years passed before it was determined which grape variety would make the best raisin. In Iran we 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. We explain 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.

Why do some raisins have a different color?

In Iran Raisin colors vary by their drying process. For example, a dark purplish/black raisin or Black Raisin is sun-dried. A light to medium brown raisins or Sultana Raisin is dried under the shade. A golden to bright yellow raisins is dried under shade and is also treated with sulfur dioxide to retain color and is called Golden Raisin or Golden Bleached Raisins. Green Raisin is green in nature but if sulfur is added the color will have a yellowish green color to it.

Raisins Processing

The processed raisins are prepared from clean, sound, dried grapes; are properly stemmed and cap stemmed except for cluster or uncap stemmed then the raisins are sorted and cleaned.

Sizes and Count

A 330 >= B 331-400 > C 500

Size pcs/100gr

Maximum count

– Pieces of stem %10

– Seeded %1

– Cap stem sum length / kg < 10cm

– Sugared %5

– Discolored, damaged, or moldy raisins %5

Provided these limits are not exceeded:

– Damaged %5

– Moldy %3

– Substandard Development and Undeveloped %2.5

– Foreign Materials: Stone 1pcs/10kg

– Percentages of moisture %16

– Percentages of unclean max %5

Raisin, Nutrition and Health

Raisins are the original candy-nature’s candy. They are one of the most nutritious dried fruits in the world. Raisins are cholesterol-free, low in sodium and totally fat-free. They provide many necessary vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium and certain B vitamins. Raisins are a good source of fiber and rich in antioxidants. Raisins are 70% pure fructose (a natural form of sugar), which is easily digested for quick energy

    • Sultana Raisins
    • Golden Raisins
    • Black Raisins
    • Green Raisins


Sultana Raisins

This kind is brown and is the most popular variety.

The sultana grape dries under the sun to become the delicious sultana raisin. The Greek sultana raisin has a distinct sweet flavor that resembles vanilla and a burned orange color.

Golden Raisins (Anguri)

This Product is available in several sizes and quality ( Seedless or with Seed ).

This kind is oven-dried and then sulfur is added to preserve its color.

Black Raisins (Sun-Dried)

This Product is available in several sizes and quality ( Seedless or with Seed ).

This kind is prepared by drying the fruit in full sun and results in a dark color.

Green Raisins

This Product is available in several sizes and quality.

This kind is naturally green, but sulfur is added to bring out a brighter color.