Sultanas - 375g
Dried Fruit Organic - Wholefoods
Our delicious sultanas have a mellow, rounded flavour, not too
sweet and very tasty. Crazy Jack Organic Sultanas come from the
fertile plains around Izmir in Turkey and one of our earliest
organic projects, started in the 1980's. From small beginnings we
now obtain our sultanas from an every increasing acreage.
You see, buying organic does make a difference.
Sultanas*(99p), Sunflower Oil*
Dietary Attributes -
(Typical values per 100g)
Of which sugars 69g
of which saturates
Less than 0.1g
love sultanas. Grate a carrot in a bowl, and chuck in some
sultanas and pine nuts or add a few sultanas to your carrot
cake recipe for extra flavour, moisture and texture.
to know more?
Sultanas and Raisins come from the same white
grapes, although sultanas are dried faster than raisins,
mainly on drying racks in the shade - this ensures that they
retain a golden colour and a sweet, mellow flavour. Our
agronomist in Turkey graduated at the local college in Izmir
and was literally laughed at to his face when he volunteered
that he wanted to produce sultanas in Turkey organically, without
the heavy use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides.
Our organic sultanas come from one of our first projects and
we have managed to improve the quality of our fruit each year
with both innovative growing techniques and
improved cleaning and processing in the best factory
in Turkey. We have worked with the growers and the factory
for many years now and are very proud of the result.
To ripen our fruit, our farmers employ the effective
technique of pruning the vines to allow light to fall on
the fruit and help increase the sugars in the berries. A
smaller berry count and increased sunshine improves the
size, flavour and sweetness of the fruit. No artificial
growth hormones are permitted - conventional growers can
use growth hormones to increase the berry size - this
"engorges" the fruit making them bigger, but does nothing
for flavour. Despite assurances from the suppliers about
the use of such hormones, we are worried about the residual
affect such growth stimulating hormones can have in the
immediate environment and in rivers and run off. Organic
farming avoids this issue by not allowing such practice,
instead we rely on good husbandry to improve the quality of the
To control pest insects in the vineyards, we fool the pests
by hanging pheromone traps in the vineyard. These traps contain
the scent of the female pest species and the males gather in the
traps where they are caught. Because they don't breed, this helps
control the levels of infestation. We also rely on a more
diverse bird and insect population to help control pest species
- by not applying non-specific pesticides that kill all insects
(good and bad), we achieve a balance of insects and birds that
control each other, ensuring no one species gets out of control.
All sultanas (including organic ones), are dipped in a solution
of potash that splits the skin of the fruit and helps it dry
to retain a golden colour. This is why all sultanas are sticky
and have to be dressed in a light coating of organic vegetable
oil (just 1%, and normally sunflower oil) to stop them clumping
Potash is essentially Potassium Carbonate - K2C
O3 which is a by product of wood ash. It comes from one or two
other sources as well and is known as a desiccant (it dries
things out). It is added to water and once the sultanas have
been briefly dipped, is washed off once the sultanas have dried.
The potash solution itself is then spread on the fields as a
fertiliser. Use of potash is one of the very few additives and
food processing agents approved by the Soil Association.