Grapes contain antioxidants, such as lutein; flavonoids, such as myricetin; vitamins A and C; folate; potassium; iron; fiber and other nutrients that make them good for health. The antioxidants and flavonoids eliminate harmful free radicals from the body, while vitamins and minerals bolster body fun
Grapes most likely originated near the Caspian Sea, though no one knows for sure. They are an old plant, as certain species from the wild have been found at archaeological sites that have been dated back 130 million years.
The grape is one of the top 10 favorite fruits in the world along with mangoes and bananas, according to Top Food Facts. There are more than 8,000 varieties of grapes worldwide. These small fruits are available in purple, white, black, blue, green and golden.
Different types of grapes include pinot noir, muscadine, Thompson, sauvignon blanc and champagne grapes. Other types of grapes are chardonnay, catawba, concord and merlot. Many of these grapes are used in wines, either singly or blended, and they are also eaten raw.
Grapes originated around 6000 B.C. in what is known today as northern Iran between the Black and Caspian Seas. By 3000 B.C., grapes had reached Egypt and Phoenicia.
Amazon sells jars of plain grape leaves for stuffing. As of 2015, Wal-Mart sells a can of Divina Dolmas that measures at 70 ounces, while iGourmet sells a pack of stuffed grape leaves that measures at 7 ounces.
Grapes are not good for dogs to ingest, and even small amounts of grapes or raisins can be fatal, according to PetMD. The exact reason for the toxicity is not known; however, the effects of the poisoning have been heavily documented.
Dogs should not eat grapes because grapes and raisins have been linked to canine kidney failure. Not all dogs develop kidney failure after eating grapes, but there is no way to tell which dogs are affected.
To grow grapes, choose an appropriate location, plant the grapes, apply fertilizer yearly, prune the stems and leaves, and pick the grapes when ripe. You need grapes, nitrogen fertilizer and a trellis or fence to complete this project.
Grow grapes by planting year-old vines in the spring and placing the plants at the base of a trellis. The vines produce their first crop two years after planting. You need wooden posts, a trowel, fruiting wire, pruning shears and grape vines.