Raisins are a dried sweet grape known as the "raisin grape." They contain more sugar than ordinary grapes, and have no place whatever in diet for the sick except as flavoring to milk dishes.

Layer raisins, seeded, or the ordinary seedless raisins, carefully stewed, may be used to advantage in cases of chronic constipation, and in winter they may be used as a breakfast fruit for children, providing the children have been taught to masticate. They should be well washed and soaked over night before cooking.

Stewed Raisins

Put a pound of seeded raisins into a colander in a bowl of cold water, wash thoroughly, lift them, put them in a saucepan with just boiling water to cover; cover and stand aside over night. Next morning the water should be absorbed by the raisins. Add a little more water, bring slowly to boiling point, take quickly from the fire and turn out to cool. Do not add sugar or flavoring.

Raisins And Rice

Children frequently like boiled rice and raisins as a dessert or luncheon dish.

Boil the rice carefully as directed for boiling rice, and cover it with seeded stewed raisins. The raisins are sufficiently sweet to sweeten the rice without additional sugar.