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In English, raisin has meant ‘partially dried grape’ since it was borrowed from Old French raisin in the thirteenth century, but French raisin usually means simply ‘grape’. It comes ultimately from Latin racēmus, ‘bunch of grapes’ (French grappe, confusingly, means ‘bunch of grapes’). The finest raisins are generally considered to be from Malaga in Spain, made from muscatel grapes.

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