Dried fruits are fruits from which most of the original water content has been removed either naturally, through sun drying, or through the use of special dryers or dehydrators. The use of dried fruits in Mesopotamia dates back to the fourth millennium BC and is prized because of their sweet taste, nutritive value, and long shelf life.
Today the consumption of dry fruits is spreading. About half of the dried fruits sold are raisins, followed by dates, prunes, figs, apricots, peaches, apples, and pears. These are known as "traditional" or "traditional" dried fruits: fruit that has been dried in the sun or in a hot wind tunnel dryer. Many fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and mangoes have a sweetener (such as sucrose syrup) added before drying. Some products sold as dried fruits, such as papaya, kiwifruit, and pineapple, often contain candied fruit.