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Raisins: curious trend

September 21, 2021 7:49 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ZANJAN. Iran’s Zanjan Province is a production hotspot for grapes and this year’s production is estimated at 240,000 mt. Only around 10% of the grapes grown here are consumed fresh, the rest are turned into raisins. About 20% of the raisins produced in Zanjan are exported, mainly to Russia. Although harvesting is underway in Iran, the market has taken a rather curious turn.

Challenges in Zanjan

Chemicals are used to turn grapes into raisins in Zanjan, mainly potassium carbonate. Most of the grapes and raisins produced in Zanjan are grown in Abhar and Khorramdareh counties. While the growers in Abhar mainly specialise on white and red seedless raisins, sultanas and sundried raisins are mainly produced in Khorramdareh. The growers are confronted with many challenges. Not only do they have to reckon with cold weather before the harvest that frequently tends to damage the crop, but the traditional methods of cultivating and drying grapes a

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