Dried fruits are those from which most of the water content is removed. Raisins, dates, prunes, figs, apricots, peaches, apples and pears are conventional dry fruits that are either sun-dried, dried in heated wind tunnels, drums dried or freeze dried.
They are high in nutritive value and have a longer shelf life. Cashew nuts, Pistachio, walnut, almonds and dates come under naturally dry fruits. Fruits like strawberries, cranberries, cherries, blueberries and mango are also dried, but only after infusing them with a sweetener.
Dry fruits are mostly consumed directly or by using them in sauces, puddings, soups or garnishes. There are many recipes that suggest the use of dry fruits to enhance flavor. In India, a dry fruit box is exchanged during festivals.
Being a collage of different varieties, every fruit helps in providing the necessary nutrient value. Dried fruits lose most of their Vitamins during the drying process. They also help in strengthening the immune system.