Meet the Corinth Currants! Dating back to the 15th century B.C., the Corinth Currant has been cultivated for many centuries in specific areas in Greece where it thrives and prospers. References of how the product dries and is finally mastered can be found throughout the Odyssey and in the texts of Aristotle; thus indicating the ancient tradition that Greeks have followed throughout time in growing this precious raisin. The peak of Black Corinth raisin (currants) cultivation can be found between the 16th and 19th centuries A.D. and for about 50 years, the Currants constituted 75% of all Greek exports. Furthermore, it is widely known that the growing of Currants was the key factor in Greece’s urban transformation as well as the incentive to have some of Greece’s most ambitious urban projects (such as the Corinth Canal and the railway network) designed and finally realized.
The name Golden Black, was used in the past to describe Corinth Currants because for Greece that product was exactly like oil for the Middle East. In other words, Currants were Greece’s black gold.