Okay…It’s All About The Raisins.
Did you know that Gustafer Yellowgold’s former home country of Solaria and the rest of the Sun have an economy that is based on and backed by Golden Raisins? The unit of Currency is called a Suny (pronounced sunny), and it is named after Solaria’s national bird, the Sun Bird. Each Suny has the bird emblazoned on the front and the King’s suncastle on the back. The type of raisins used to press money are a much rarer and distinctive type of golden raisin grown and controlled by the Sun’s monarchy.
Raisins are the main cash crop on the Sun and Gustafer’s own family are deep in the business themselves having a family-owned Raisin Carvery that was passed down to Gustafer’s father Frank Yellowgold from Gustafer’s grandfather who founded the business in late 1974.
Another thing about Sun raisins is that not only are they the main product of the farming industry up there, but it’s the ONLY food available. So, all Solarian meals are based on some form of Raisin. There is one main type of raisin that is the most common, and it’s called the “Gold Standard.” But Gustafer’s mother was a creative cook and she would do her best to give the family a variety. For instance, on holidays she would make the giant Roast Raisin. If the Boys were lucky on a Saturday they might get some “Raisin Dogs” on raisin meal bun.
It’s the reason Gustafer’s fur has a distinct raisin-like odor and is also one of the main reasons Gustafer left the Sun. He never saw raisin-carving as his destiny.