Vitis vinifera L.


Raisins are dried grapes. Mostly raisins are produced by sun-drying from seedless grapes. There are many varieties. Best known are Thompson Seedless and Sultana both are seedless and have brown color; Zante Currants - dark brown, small raisins; Muscats brown, large, pitted mechanically; Flame raisins red, very dark, large; Golden Thompson Seedless or Sultana bleached with sulfur dioxide.

 Harvest time

Harvest time depends on variety, but main season is August.

Growing area

Australia, Chile, Greece, Iran, Turkey, South Africa, USA


Raisins mostly used in baking, like in fruitcakes, also are eaten out of hand. Parts of raisins are used for making raisins pasta for baking and cooking use.