- The combination of sugars (half glucose, half fructose) makes grapes deliciously sweet. As the say, Nature’s Candy.
- The carbohydrates in grapes are slowly digested so the energy you get from grapes lasts longer.
- Grapes are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium.
- Grape skins do have plenty of antioxidants that can be valuable for health.
How do you pick a good one?
Choose grapes that are plump, well-color and firmly attached to their stems. Avoid choosing soft or wrinkled fruit and those browning around the stem
How do they grow?
Grapes are classed as berries and are produced on vigorously, climbing vines which can grow to 50-80 feet if they are not pruned. The deciduous vine (losing its leaves in winter) has large, green, flat leaves which are slightly lobed with saw teeth-like edges. Opposite the leaf, small snake-like tendrils are produced which twine around any structure helping to support the parent plant as it grows.
The flowers grow in clusters (or inflorescences) and are small, green and fragrant. Bunches of grapes form following the fertilisation of the flowers. Grapes are picked when ripe and sweet.
Did you know?
- Grapes were first cultivated over 8000 years ago
- Hieroglyphics (pictures and symbols used in early forms of communication) show that the ancient Egyptians were involved in grape and wine production.
- Grape growing is know as viticulture.
- Grapes with blacks skins are dried and make raisins, and sultanas are dried from small green grapes.