Raisins are processed by sun drying and tray drying several different types of grapes. They are small and sweetly flavored with a wrinkled texture. Indian Raisins are available in different size and colors. They have a flavor similar to the grapes from which they are made, but the drying process which creates them concentrates the amount of sugar making them taste much sweeter. They are a naturally stable food and resist spoilage due to their low moisture.
In India major grape growing areas are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu & the north-western region covering Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra ranks first in terms of production accounting for more than 75% of total production and highest productivity in the country. Grape is one of the important fruit covering an area of 60.2 thousand hectares occupying 1.30% of the total area.Â