Common grapes (Vitis vinifera) are native to the Mediterranean region, Central Europe, and Southwestern Asia, but where did the Seedless Sultana raisin originate?

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Correct answer: c) Anatolia (Turkey) is the genetic home of the Seedless Sultana –also known as Sultanina, Sultanieh, Thompson Seedless, Oval and Ak Kişmiş–Its commercial production is concentrated in the western Aegean region, from where it was transported to all the countries where it is grown today.

What is the name for the Californian Seedless Sultana variety?

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Correct answer: In the US, the Seedless Sultana variety is called “Thompson Seedless” –after William Thompson, an English born viticulturist who settled in Sutter County, California, in 1863– and is the dominant grape variety grown in California.

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