Dried fruit is simply fruit that has been dried, either naturally or through the use of a food dehydrator. Raisins, prunes, dates and figs are examples of popular dried fruits. Others include apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, kiwi, peaches, pears and plums. California and Turkey are leading producers of dried fruit. A great alternative to fresh fruit that may be out of season, dried fruit has a long shelf life and is available year round. Dried fruits are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and B6 and dietary minerals. Due to water loss experienced during dehydration, most of the Vitamin C is lost, however. Sweeter and richer in flavor than fresh fruit, dried fruit has become an invaluable ingredient in baking and desserts.