In Crete, the most important sweeteners are raisins, grape juice and honey. Viniculture in the island dates back to prehistoric times.
The production of raisins is an inventive way to enjoy a grapes (dried), as fresh grapes are only available in nature in the summer months. The vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6 etc.) and the other substances contained in raisins are another health secret of the Cretans• they eat them as a snack or use them to make sweets, like "stafidota"and "patouda".
Dried nuts are one more popular snack for the Cretans. Rich in unsaturated fat acids which are necessary for the function of of all the cells of the human body, they are a real shield for our heart. The dried nuts of Crete usually come from trees that give fruits alone, without cultivation and care! For centuries, walnuts trees, chestnut trees and almond trees are not systematically cultivated on the island! The nuts they produce (this is a rule for cretan foods) are completely free of chemical substances.