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mavri stafida

μαύρη σταφίδα

Black Zante currants, which are actually tiny sweet seedless black grapes, sun dried to go in scones, buns and mince pies. Also known as μαύρη κορινθιακή σταφίδα (mavri kornthiaki stafida).

First mentioned in AD 75 by Pliny the Elder, they next appear in history in England in the 1300s as Reysyns de Corauntz, or raisins of Corinth (after the main port used by the Venetian merchants, although the island of Zakynthos was the biggest producer). Eventually 'Corinth' was corrupted into 'currant'. Greece still produces some 80% of the world's supply.

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by eleftheria, ert