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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to The Ohio State University Horticulture and Crop Science extension, it takes grapes three years from their first planting to mature enough to bear fruit. Once established, grapes will continue to be productive for 40 years or more.