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The world's largest producers of this food product are Turkey, the U.S., Greece, Australia and Iran. It takes over 4 tons of plant substance to produce 1 ton of this food.
Sometimes the plant substance is treated with a lye solution, sometimes with lye and then burning sulfur, and sometimes with sulfur dioxide. Usually there is no chemical treatment at all. Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians discovered this product by simply observing what happened naturally. Californians observed this same thing in 1873, and started the modern production of this product. Today about half of the world's production comes from California, but the finest comes from Malaga in Spain.
What is this food product?
Raisins - Golden raisins are the one treated with the chemicals, and the Egyptians and Californians noticed that unpicked grapes dried out in the sun and that the sugar content was concentrated in the dried grape.
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