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A Sultana is a Sultan's missus.Thats all I know on the subject: I'm not very knowledgeable on currant affairs.
Sultanas & currants are also types of grape.
A raisin is a dried black grape and a sultana is a dried white grape - and while I'm on, a prune is a dried plum.
And if you have ever wondered what gives you bad wind at Christmas its these dried fruits in xmas pud, mince pies and Christmas cake. Possibly by fermentation of stomach contents due to yeasts present in them.
I thought it was the already fermented grape in wine that gave you a bad stomach and head!
Collectively known by EU decree as "dried vine fruits" these things often have wild yeasts growing on them. Until you cook them. Since Xmas pudding and cake are famous for keeping for ages I can't see how they are anything but very near sterile or sterile. Whether it's the liquor added after cooking or the heat of the cooking itself that kills the bugs I'm not sure (though my money would be on heat as the culprit) but by the time you are eating it, any yeasts that may have been present from the currants etc are long dead.While I was writing this Make it Lady came up with an alternative explanation of the symptoms.