Dried fruit is fruit where the majority of the water has been dehydrated out of the fruit either by the sun or by a dehydrating machine. Dried fruit dates back to the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia. It was highly valued for its taste, nutrients and long shelf life. Today the same is true. Nearly half of all the dried fruit sold is raisins. The raisin is considered a traditional dried fruit because it is dried naturally in the sun. Cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and mango are infused with a sweetener before drying.
The earliest mention of dried fruit goes back to Mesopotamia. Ancient tablets describe recipes for breads and cakes using dried fruit to sweeten. Dried fruit was also part of the Egyptian, Arabic, Roman, Greek and Mediterranean diet. Various recipes mixed dried fruits with spices and honey in breads and cakes