Simply put, raisins are dried form of grapes – mainly the Thompson Seedless variety. It has a domestic consumption of over 156000MT with nearly 95% of the production constituted in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Due to their dry characteristic, raisins are rich in vitamins, minerals, polyphenol antioxidants and healthy sugar. It is due to this that raisins are considered to be a healthy alternative to sugar. The health benefits of raisins include relief from acidity, help in digestion, help prevent cancer as well as treat Anaemia. Raisins in India are either consumed raw or used in cooking, bakery and confectionary industry.
Walnuts are edible seeds from the trees of Juglan genus. They are round and single seeded fruit of the tree enclosed in a thick, inedible husk. Due to their brain like structure, walnuts are considered to be a symbol of intelligence and are recommended to increase one’s intellect. Regarded as one of the healthiest dry fruits, Walnuts provide a range of benefits some of which are improve metabolism, control diabetes, having anti inflammatory properties.
The almond is a species of tree native to Middle East, Indian Sub Continent and North Africa. the fruit of which is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed which is what is commonly referred to as “Badaam” in India. Almonds are packed with protein, minerals and vitamins thereby having various health benefits like reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, keeping the blood sugar levels in check and help promote weight loss. The usage of almonds in India is vast ranging from raw consumption to cooking and a wide usage in confectionery industry thereby making it one of the most consumed dry fruits in the country.