Grapes are one of the planet's earliest cultivated foods. The genus name, vitis refers to "vine" and the species name, vinifera means "wine bearing."
Believed to originate in Asia, there are as many as 8,000 grape varieties, though about fifty are used in commerce.
Grapes are a powerful antioxidant. They contain beta carotene, B complex, vitamin C, as well as boron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, pectin, malic, citric and oxalic acids. Grapes act as a diuretic (reduce water retention). The seeds of the grape are also of nutritional benefit.
For centuries, stories have been told about the almost magical power of grapes to fight disease. Today, scientists all over the world are exploring the phytonutrients found in fresh grapes and finding vital links between grape consumption and improved health.
We recommend you buy your grapes from Harris Farm Markets have a range of white and black grapes.
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