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What is the difference between a raisin and a sultana?

Asked by segdeha (1715points) September 30th, 2007

I’d never heard of sultana’s before moving to New Zealand, but now, rather than eating a bowl of Raisin Bran for breakfast, I eat a bowl of Sultana Bran. What exactly is the difference? Does one come from red grapes and the other from green grapes?

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gailcalled's avatar

I heard it on the grapevine that the sultana is the one w. the turban. (It is a form of raisin).

sjg102379's avatar

It’s my understanding from living in a British-colonized country that all types of raisins are called sultanas. I never heard anyone use the word raisin, only sultana (much as they say aubergine for eggplant and corgete for zucchini)—it’s just a US/UK English difference.

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