Corinthian currant

Coranto, Goranto, Corauntz, Coranta, Corynto, Corinto, Corintho, Corinthuscurrant (n.)
1500, “very small kind of seedless blackish raisin or dried grape, used in cookery and confections,” a shortening of raysyn of Curans (late 14c.) “raisins of Corinth,” with the -s- mistaken for a plural inflection.
From Anglo-French reisin de Corauntz.
The raisins were exported from southern Greece.

Besides being an excellent agricultural product of great nutritional value, the Corinthian currant, known and valued already from antiquity, was the most commercial product in the country. Through its exports it has created wealth and culture mainly over the last few centuries, but has contributed as a monoculture to bankruptcy, collapse and war.

The inclusion of the cultivation of the Corinthian currant in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Index in 2018 is the official proof that the Corinthian currant cultivation has shaped for centuries the collective life of the grape-growing communities as well as the cultural landscape of the areas in which it is produced. The cultivation of currants is passed down from generation to generation and is an important element of sustainable development.

Currant producers, Andragusta Aigialias

 

Contract, Zante 1802