Dried fruit of grapes,
which are dried out either by the sun or using industrial dryers, are called
raisins. The date of production of sun-dried raisins goes back more than 3,000
years. The discovery of
raisins is thought to have occurred accidentally by the drying of grapes on the
Important areas of raisin
production in Iran:
Qazvin, East Azarbaijan,
Khorasan Razavi, Hamedan, West Azarbaijan, Zanjan, North Khorasan, and Markazi
Province are the major producers of raisins in Iran. Most of Iran's grapes are
processed and exported as raisins.
Raisin production rate:
Raisin production in
2018 was 200,000 tons (about 20% of global share).
Raisin export rate:
According to Iranian customs
statistics in 2018, raisin exports amounted to 113,000 tons and worth $ 153,000
(1.4 dollars per kg). Iran ranks third in the world in terms of exports of
Export market, and targeted
Iranian raisins from
years ago besides neighboring countries such as UAE, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan,
Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have been exported to European countries such as
Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, England, Romania, the Netherlands, Hungary
and Spain and North African countries such as Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco and
other countries like Canada are exported.
note that Turkey, i.e. the largest exporter of raisins in the world, also
imports raisins from Iran, albeit in bulk, which is re-exported to Europe with
Turkish brands after packaging with their country’s name. In the last year, the
main structure of the world raisin market has changed, and the most important
importers of Iranian raisin are Eastern Europe and some neighboring countries.
These countries are the customers who import the cheapest raisins.