Facts About Grapes

Documented facts about grapes tell us that they are among the oldest and largest berries to be cultivated and harvested worldwide. You may be able to grow grapes in your own garden. They are probably a frequent and welcome presence in your home, but here are some interesting grape facts that you may not know.

Interesting Facts About Grapes

Grapes are eaten fresh, made into preserves or canned in jellies, dried into raisins, and crushed for juice or wine.

Although machines have taken the place of most manual harvesting, table grapes are still harvested by hand in many places.

Grapes were first cultivated in Europe 6,000 years ago. The recorded history of grapes may be the longest of any fruit.

Old World grapes got to North America via Franciscan monks, who cultivated them to make sacramental wine.

Grape nutrition sometimes differs from one kind to another. Overall, grapes are 70-80% water and 15-30% sugar (fructose and glucose)

Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world. There are over 60 types of grapes (species) and 8000 varieties. They can all be used to make juice and/or wine.

The average person consumes about eight pounds of grapes a year.

One of the least known facts about grapes: they are members of the berry family.

There are about 25 million acres of grapes around the world.

Over 72 million tons of grapes are produced worldwide.

About 2 1/2 pounds of grapes are needed for every bottle of wine produced.

One acre of grapes produces about 15,000 glasses of wine.

Some common colors of grapes are blue, black, green, red, golden, blue-black, white and purple.

The main two families of grapes are European (Old World) and American (New World).

American grapes are available in September and October, while European grapes are available year round.

Grapes contain flavonoids, which give a vibrant purple color to grapes, red wine and grape juice. Flavonoids provide significant

health benefits One grape cluster has on an average 75 grapes.

A grape vine can grow up to 50 feet long and and may have as many as 40 clusters of grapes on it.

Eating too many grapes can give a laxative effect.

Fresh grapes can be stored for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or a covered container.

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Facts About Grapes and Traditional Medicinal Uses

NOTE These 'remedies' are not independently verified, and may be completely ineffective. This is simply a collection of some of the known medicinal uses of grapes that have recommended by someone somewhere over the centuries.

Extract of grape leaves (boil 1 part of grape leaves with 10 parts of water for 15 min, let it cool and filter it ) was used for gargling your throat if you have angina and for washing your body if you have skin disorders

Eating raisins was recommended if you coughed, had an angina, ulcers in your mouth, bladder disorders and hemorrhoids.

Coughs were treated by combining a cup of grape juice with a teaspoon of honey

Gin-soaked raisins were taken to help reduce arthritis pain and swelling

Acid reflux was relieved by simply drinking grape juice right after eating a very oily food

The grape was considered the ideal food for brain cells, and a good food for the heart.

In Europe, folk healers made an ointment from the sap of grapevines for treating eye and skin diseases.

Grape seed extract was used in First Nations folk medicine for snakebites.

Grapes and raisins are effective to relieve constipation.

Unripe grapes were used in the treatment of sore throats.

The leaves of the grapevine were used to stop bleeding and reduce inflammation.

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