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How Raisins are Made

Updated on March 26, 2012

Grape Growing, Harvesting, and Drying -- Raisins are dried grapes!

As I handed my young sons mini boxes of raisins, I commented to them that raisins are the original fruit snack -- When I was a kid, we didn't have "fruit" snacks like they have now (you know the type, the gelatin-corn-syrup things with artificial colors and flavors shaped like different cartoon characters and such). Their eyes widened in disbelief. That showed that they 1) Think mommy grew up in the age of dinosaurs; 2) Are too far removed from where real food comes from; or 3) Both.

I told them that the shaped snacks are unhealthy but raisins are healthy. Then my son said something about raisins coming from a raisin tree. Oh dear. No, I explained, raisins start as grapes growing on vines. They're dried fruit. We went on an Internet search to find videos and other information about how grapes are turned into raisins. This page is about what we found out about raisins.

How Raisins are Grown and Harvested

This is a great video from Sunmaid Raisins that shows how raisins are harvested.

Food Dehydrators - available on Amazon

Grapes and other fruits can be dried using a food dehydrator.

Informational Links About Raisins

Some of these links lead you to videos about how grapes are grown, harvested, and converted into raisins.

Grapes to raisins time lapse video

A time lapse video showing grapes drying into raisins

Migrant Farmworker Family's Story of the Grape Harvest

After watching this, you'll never take your raisins for granted anymore!

"The story is about the Jimenez, a migrant farmworker family that harvested raisin grapes for nearly 60 years. The vineyards were located near Fresno California in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Olga and Manuel Jimenez encourage other farmworkers to tell their story and become part of California's farm history."

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: It takes about 3 weeks more to let the grapes dry on the vine, but it works.

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks...I am quite the punner...lol

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @DrBillSmithWriter: Thanks! I added 2 more videos to the page. One is about harvesting and the other is about a migrant family who grew and harvested grapes in San Joaquin Valley for 60 years, and it's pretty interesting.

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @BuddyBink: Thanks Buddy! I added 2 more videos to the page about How Raisins are Made, be sure to check them out when you have a minute. One is about a migrant farm family and is excellent and interesting farm history.

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Be sure to watch the video and you'll never take raisins for granted again! Oh I love raisins....cranberries are great too...I guess you like tart and tangy more than sweet?

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I don't know what it was, perhaps I was dropped on my head as a child, but I never got a liking for raisins. Not unless your baked them and hid them in a cookie. Now, cranberries! I can dig that. Hello!!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Nicely done. Interesting video. Thanks

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I enjoyed the video! ;-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Cute 'play on words' (raisin-reason) :-). I remember the little boxes of raisins by Sun Maid we used to put in the kids' lunch boxes! I didn't know there were 'candy coated' ones now (my kids are all grown now...:).

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      That time-lapse video of grapes turning into raisins is very cool indeed!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Sun-Maid Raisins have a very unique way of being processed...raisins have many health benefits...check out my Sun-Maid Raisin lens.