Raisin or Kismis are made by removing moisture from grapes, either by drying in sun or using artificial dryers. Typically seedless grapes are used to prepare raisins, however, one may use any variety of grapes.
Raisins are a good source of energy, fiber, iron, calcium, vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes, and minerals. It is beneficial in treatment of anaemia, weight loss, digestion, eyesight, immunity, prevention of acidity, heart diseases, and many more.
The best way to consume raisins is by soaking them in water and eating them directly. It is used in preparation of cookies, cakes, or topping on kheer.
In India, raisins are mostly produced in Sangli, Solapur and Nasik districts of Maharashtra, Belgaum and Bijapur district in Karnataka, and some parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. Together, India produces 20% of total raisins production in the world.