Historical and socioeconomic data
The princess currant, as they call many historians accompanies man from the dawn of civilization. Discovered accidentally when people tried out of curiosity the dried grapes in the vineyards. According to historical sources raisins out since 1490 BC Among 120-900p.Ch. begins the cultivation of the first organized vines and with them the production of raisins.
Passed, however, many years to make clear what grape variety made the best raisins. Among the best however was nice, dark, currants cultivated in ancient Greece. The Phoenicians and Armenians developed the trade of raisins with the Greeks and later the Romans, so the raisins princess conquered peoples of the Mediterranean. The cult of the worth of hit red. Greeks and Romans believed they had magical properties and decorate with raisins their temples. Used it as a medicine. The Romans doctors even thought that cure everything from poison mushrooms until old age.
As for value, with two jars of raisins, in ancient Rome, exchanged a slave. In the 11th century. the Crusaders brought raisins in Europe. By the 14th century, were a very important part of European cuisine and its price soared once again soared. Raisins worshiped and part of her emperors, generals and great explorers. As rumors say, the favorite dish of the emperor Augustus was small grilled birds stuffed with raisins. The raisins were the ideal supply for long trips.
The great general Hannibal had been equipped with many tones before passing, with the troops, the Alps. Christopher Columbus and his crew crossed the Atlantic munching raisins. The same commission made many years later and Robert Falcon Scott when he began to explore the South Pole.
The Currants was the main export product of the newly established Greek state in 1830 until the second half of the 19th century, they constituted 50% of total exports, thus characterizing the national product which was cultivated almost exclusively in the Greek region. Only as hyperbole can not be what you had once said O. Zolotas that raisins for Greece was “and that the coffee for Brazil!”