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ANTAconcept is proud to offer 100% organic, hand-picked Corinth raisins of the highest quality, a rare product which commercial processors simply cannot duplicate. They are a rapidly vanishing variety which has the highest nutritional quality and a unique aroma resulting in a divine tasting superfood.
ANTA raisins are certified Organic, handpicked and sun-dried on the field with NO pesticides or preservatives at any of the processing stages. The Black Currant is small in size and ideal for cooking, for example, in cereals, couscous, minced meat and Christmas pudding.) In Holland they use them in “krentenbrood” and “krentenbollen.” In the famous German Christmas cake Stolle, it was the original raisin used as it was this Black Gold of Greece with which Greece paid off its debts in the 19th century. Using them as “Studentenfütter” mixing them with ANTA almonds is a perfect snack providing all the nutrients one needs.
The “Black Gold” that grows on vines
These days the Hellenic Island of Zakynthos is famous for its stunning natural beauty, in particular that selfie-Mecca, the Shipwreck Cove. Yet there was a time when the island was more famed for its main export; “black gold,” the Zante currant. For centuries, and until a decade or so ago, this fruit could not be grown outside of certain areas of Greece, and Zakynthos produced a large percentage of the world’s currants. The Hellenic statesman Xenophon Zolotas said that currants were to Greece what coffee was to Brazil.
But the term “Black gold” refers to something more than the monetary value of this fruit: the Zante Currant, it turns out, has had a reputation as a superfood for a thousand years, and modern studies have begun to corroborate the traditional belief in the currant’s “magical” properties. This fruit, also grown on the Peloponnese and known as the Corinth raisin, was known as far back as 72 AD, when Pliny first described it in writing, and it’s said that Christopher Columbus carried it on his ships, and Hannibal on his elephants, to keep their soldiers in health.
In actual fact, the Zante currant is not a currant; it is a miniature, jewel-like red grape which grows in a tiny bunch that will fit in the palm of your hand. The fresh currants themselves are delicious, a tiny, juicy burst of aromatic pulp, while the raisins go into many an Hellenic recipe, including Loukoumades (a small round doughnut), sweet black wine, currant buns, and rabbit stew with pearl onions and capers, but also foreign dishes such as English mince, Christmas pudding, scones and couscous. The famous Christmas Stolle of the German speaking countries also includes Corinth raisins.
Zante currants are rich in many health-boosting nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, resveratrol, potassium, calcium, boron, magnesium, iron, oleanoic acid, and arginine. Specific properties include:
- Antioxidant – very good source of polyphenols
- Anti-cancer activity – particularly colon and stomach
- Antimicrobial activity
- Antibacterial activity
- Blood pressure – contains large amounts of trace elements that regulate blood pressure, including magnesium, zinc and potassium
- Heart protection – polyphenols protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, reduce cholesterol deposited in tissues, and reduce atherosclerotic plaque in blood vessels
- reduces the amount of cholesterol deposited in tissues
- Dietary fiber – exceptionally high in dietary fiber compared to other fruits
- Low glycemic index compared to other fruits
PURE AND TRADITIONAL PROCESSING
ANTA Zante currants are grown and harvested and processed in the ancient way.
ANTA’s Zante currants are pesticide-free and fully organic. Our current supplier, Panagiotis Kambitsis- Xirogiannopoulos is a pioneer, the very first commercial organic farmer on Zakynthos.
European Union Protected designation of origin (PDO). Product names registered as PDO are those that have the strongest links to the place in which they are made. Every part of the production, processing and preparation process must take place in the specific region.
Harvesting the bunches of currants by hand prevents bruising, preserving the integrity of the fruit.
In keeping with ancient Zakynthos tradition, the bunches of currants are spread out in the sun on specially prepared threshing grounds, usually in August. After 8 days the grapes are turned and left to dry for another few days.
The currants are then transferred from the field to the processing unit of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Zante, where the stem is removed from the raisin, and the raisins are packaged and returned to the farmer’s home.
ANTA Zante currants are preservative-free and pesticide-free: the fruit is frozen, rather than treated with preservatives and pesticides.