The name of the sultanina is Italian (uva sultanina), and is probably due to the fact that this grape variety was imported from the territory of the Sultan, the Ottoman Empire. Others attribute the sultanina’ s name to her origin. According to this theory, the name of Sultanina grapes is of Asian origin and is placed in the “Sultanieh” region of northern Iran where it originated and was cultivated in the 12th century in the Hermos River valley (Magnesia of Asia Minor). From there it spread to the “Smyrni” region and the rest of the coast of Ionia. There are other theories, many of them even resort to a myth, because in English the word for raisin, sultanina, is the same as the word for sultana. The sultanina came to Greece in 1838 from Smyrna. The cultivation of sultana grapes had a great rise after 1922, with the settlement of refugees from Asia Minor in Crete. The Sultanina grape variety contains valuable trace elements, vitamins, fructose, glucose and also phenols, which also add antibacterial properties.