Raisins are dried white Moscatel grapes. Drying them results in a dark, sticky dried fruit that is dense in texture yet bursting with sweet flavour. The main producers of the Moscatel are the USA, Turkey, Greece and Australia

Raisins soak up and hold other flavours, which is why they are often soaked in brandy or rum or even sweet tea before using in cooking.

Raisins are used extensively in sweet baking, especially at Christmas in cakes and puddings adding a rich succulence as well to chutneys and, occasionally curry and biryani.