The history of currants goes back into the mists of time, as they have been cultivated in Greece since the Homeric years. The first written records of their trade date back to 12th century, while at the end of the 19th century their export constituted up to 75% of total Greek exports. This, in fact, resulted in the creation of the first industrial cores in Greece, thus contributing to the reconstruction of the modern Greek state in the period before the Balkan Wars.
Today, Greece holds more than 80% of the world production of currants, which is a dual use variety, since it can either be drained or used in winemaking.
Currants are valuable in several ways, as they are rich in a variety of nutrients which are beneficial for humans. Specifically: