Well, I haven’t ever grown grapes, but buying cookies at a local bakery and talking with our neighbors and their son over for coffee and dessert after lunch this afternoon, had me thinking about raisins.
|A “pile” of Sunmaid brand raisins|
One of the cookies I’d bought was full of raisins – common enough in North America, of course, but I suddenly thought why raisins in Quebec. (This is not a climate for grapes).
When did they come here and where did they originate, I was wondering?….I’d never thought about the origins of raisins before.
This California raisin site provided some answers to that question: they’ve been around a long time. I’ve wondered, too, about why dates are so abundant here in desserts (and cheap, too), but that’s a different food story.
There is a native grape here, Vitis riparia, but I’m imagining that it’s the European heritage of currants and raisins that has been carried over here in Quebec, in a place prone to sweet and delicious desserts.