With their soft skin, small, bite-like size, and rich, juicy taste, grapes are fruits only few can resist. In addition to being easy to eat, these fruits are a storehouse of antioxidants and can benefit our health in multiple ways. They come in many different colors, including green, red, black, and purple.
There’s a lot of awesome information surrounding grapes, and in this article, we’ve put together a list of interesting facts about grapes that will amaze you. So, without any further ado, let’s get started!
1. Grapes are a kind of berry
Any fruit that has a thin outer cover, fleshy inside, and one or more seeds, is considered a berry. Grapes are also botanically categorized as berries. But aren’t these seedless fruits? Find out the story behind it in the next fact!
2. Parthenocarpy is the secret to growing seedless grapes
Ever heard of Parthenocarpy before? Don’t worry; it’s not as complex as it sounds. Parthenocarpy is the process of producing seedless fruits.
Naturally, all grapes are seeded because the seeds help them reproduce. But when you use a stem cutting of a grape plant to grow a new one (vegetative propagation), the process involved is asexual reproduction.
For this reason, the resultant grape vines will only produce seedless fruits. Isn’t that fascinating?
3. There are over 10,000 different grape varieties in the world!
If we told you that grapes are grown on all continents of the planet except for Antarctica, would you believe us? Because they are.
Being one of the most widely grown fruits, the grapes have a lot of diversity when it comes to their variety. There are as many as 10,000 different grape varieties grown in different parts of the world today!
4. Grapes are more than 80% water!
We all know that the human body is about 60-70% water. But what you might not know yet is that grapes beat us in this competition. The flesh of these little fruits is basically semi-solid, with a water content of 80%!
5. Grapes come in a range of colors
Most of you must have already known about green and dark grapes, as they’re a part of your diet. But are these the only colors you can find in grapes? Not at all! These cluster fruits can occur in a wide range of colors, including yellow, orange, crimson, pink, and dark blue.
6. White Grapes are actually green in color!
If we ask you which grape you eat at home most often, we’re sure most of you would answer green grapes. But did you know that these green-skinned grapes are named white grapes?
And if you did know that, weren’t you curious as to why? Why would people call green-colored grapes white? Well, the reason behind it is that green grapes lack pigments that lend these fruits their color. This is why they appear light, almost transparent, and green in color.
So, the white in their names is the result of a lack of pigments and not the color of their skin!
7. Raisins and Currants are not exactly the same
Because both raisins and currants are dried fruits that come from grapes, people are often confused between the two. If you’re one of them, we’re here to clear it up for you!
The major difference between raisins and currants is that raisins are dried form of White Grapes, while currants are dried form of the Black Corinth Grapes. As a result, raisins are brownish in color and have an oblong shape, while currants are smaller and black in color.
Their taste varies as well; raisins are soft and juicy, whereas currants have a more intense, somewhat tangy taste.
8. There’s a Greek dish that’s cooked using grapevine leaves!
If you’re someone who appreciates Greek cuisine, we’re sure you must have heard of Dolmades, a vegetarian Greek dish that’s popular globally for its stuffing.
While the term itself means stuffed vegetables, the dish is cooked slightly differently, with meat and rice wrapped in grapevine leaves! Some people also make Dolmades using cabbage leaves, but the more popular and traditional practice involves grapevine leaves.
9. Viticulture is the official term for the cultivation of grapes
Since grapes serve us as both fresh and dried fruits and can be used to make juices, vinegar, and wines, the business of cultivating and harvesting these fruits is quite serious.
To emphasize the seriousness of the trade, a special term has been used for it for a long time: Viticulture. So, the next time you see someone invested in this business, you can confidently call them a Viticulturist.
10. It is pointless to wait for grapes to ripen after they’ve been plucked
When you bring home green bananas or hardened peaches, you can simply wait for a couple of days for them to ripen fully. However, the same doesn’t happen in the case of grapes.
Because grapes are non-climacteric fruits, they will only continue to ripen for as long as they’re attached to their vines. After they’ve been plucked, these fruits will only rot if left unrefrigerated for long.
11. Even diabetic patients can eat grapes!
Yes, that’s right. Grapes are one of the diabetes-friendly fruits, mainly because of the presence of resveratrol in them. But do you know what resveratrol is?
Well, it’s a plant compound that occurs naturally in grapes and also acts as an antioxidant. If you’re wondering how resveratrol helps diabetics, let’s tell you about its other trait: it can modulate the blood glucose level of our bodies, thereby decreasing our insulin resistance. Other diabetic-friendly fruits include blueberries and cranberries.
12. Grapes are good for your eye health
According to a study conducted by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Orlando, it was found that a diet rich in grapes can play a key role in maintaining eye health by protecting your retina from any kind of deterioration. So, if you want to keep your eyes healthy, don’t forget to eat a handful of grapes daily!
13. If you suffer from knee pain, add grapes to your diet today
The polyphenols present in grapes are known to improve and promote joint flexibility and overall mobility. They can also help alleviate arthritic knee pain.
For these reasons, you should not just eat plenty of grapes yourself but also recommend them to those who suffer from knee pain.
14. China is the leading producer of grapes in the world
Over 90 countries in the world grow grapes, with China the one that leads the world in grape production. This Asian country accounts for 18% of the total global grape production and is followed closely by Italy, Spain, and France.
15. Kyoho grapes are the most widely grown grape variety in the world
If we were to ask you which grape variety is the most common in the world, what would you say? Whichever variety you go with, we doubt you’d know the right answer. Wondering why? Let’s tell you.
Kyoho grapes, a Japanese grape variety, are the most widely grown in the world. Despite originating in Japan, this variety is more popular throughout China, being cultivated there as well.
Now, the reason why we assumed you wouldn’t be able to answer our question correctly is that Kyoho grapes aren’t widely found in the Americas. So, there’s little chance that you might have seen them or know about them.
16. California is the leading grape-producing state in the United States
According to the data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 47 of the 50 states of the United States grow grapes, with California topping the list.
The Golden State alone accounts for over 82% of the total grape production in the country. Washington comes second on the list but is not anywhere close to matching California’s grape production.
17. California’s Napa Valley is one of the premier wine regions in the world!
We just discussed above that California leads the grape production in the United States. What we might have overlooked is that most of the grapes grown here are wine grapes.
Some of you might also not know this, but the Napa Valley in California, which is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world, is a major contributor to making state no.1. It was established in 1981 and is the leading enotoursim (wine tourism) destination in the country.
18. The oldest winery in the United States is in New York
In 2021, there were over 11,000 wineries throughout the United States. We agree that these are big numbers, but have you ever thought about which of them was the first?
We’re here to fulfill your curiosity by telling you that the oldest winery in the United States lies in the heart of New York. The Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville was founded in 1839 and is still operating. The wines produced here include Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, White Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon.
19. In Greek mythology, Dionysus was worshipped as the God of Grapes
If you think wine is only consumed by men, you’re wrong. If you flip through the mythologies and legends of the past, you’ll find that these drinks were equally enjoyed by the gods and goddesses in different cultures.
Take Greek mythology, for instance; they have a specific deity of wines. Dionysus, also referred to as Bacchus, was worshipped by the Greeks as the Greek God of the grape harvest and wine-making.
He is also regarded as the deity of festivity, theatre, ritual madness, and insanity. Don’t you find it a little strange for a god to be praised and worshipped for such peculiar traits?
20. You can’t make wine using just any grape
It is common knowledge that wines are made by fermenting grapes. But will just any grape do? Not really. Grapes are broadly divided into two categories: table grapes and wine grapes.
Table grapes are larger in size, have thinner skin, grow abundantly on vines, and are fit for raw consumption. On the other hand, wine grapes are smaller in size and have thicker skin, which is responsible for the wine’s stronger flavor and more concentrated taste.
If you’re wondering if wines can be made from table grapes, the answer is yes; they can be. But don’t expect the same finesse in those wines.
21. It takes over 600 grapes to make a single bottle of wine!
As we mentioned earlier, wine grapes are considerably smaller in size than table grapes. Have you ever thought about how many grapes can make a bottle of wine? The answer might blow your mind; it’s 600!
Yes, you read that right. The juice of over 600 grapes is used in making just a single bottle of wine, with every glass containing 75 grapes.
22. Italy is the leading grape wine producer country in the world
While most of the grape in the world comes from China, when it comes to grape wine, the second name on the list ranks higher. Italy is the leading wine-producing country in the world and is followed closely by Spain, France, and the United States.
23. Grapes are harmful to your furry pets, fresh and dried
Who knew that the fruits that are so healthy and delicious for you could be bad for your furred pets?
While grapes are harmless for our consumption, they’re highly toxic to dogs. Ingesting these fruits could lead to kidney failure. For this reason, it is essential that you keep your pet away from both grapes and their dried versions (raisins, sultanas, and currants).
24. Grapes are the national fruit of three countries
Grapes are so well-liked globally that not one or two but a total of three countries have declared them as their national fruit.
The first country on the list is Spain, which also happens to be the third-largest grape-producing country in the world. The second is Turkey, which has declared Sultana Grapes as their national fruit. This makes sense as the grape variety has originated in the country and is still mainly grown there.
Lastly, Kosovo, a southeastern European country, also has grapes as its national fruit. Because grape and grape wine production is integral to the country’s economy, these fruits seem like an ideal choice for their national fruit.
25. May 27th is celebrated as National Grape Popsicle Day
While fresh grapes are a delightful snack, if you want to crank it up a notch, go for their popular frozen treats: Grape popsicles.
These frozen on-the-stick desserts are a favorite American summer treat, so much so that they have a special day dedicated to them: May 27th, which is celebrated as National Grape Popsickle Day every year.
Summing it up
And there you have it: a bunch of cool facts about grapes. We hope you’ve learned a lot about grapes and you’ve discovered some new grape facts that you didn’t know before. Grapes are truly nature’s special fruit which is as nutritious as it’s delicious. They’re a refreshing snack that supports physical health as well as brain development and overall wellness.
Thanks for reading this article. Hopefully, your kids have enjoyed learning about all that grapes have to offer. When you take them grocery shopping for their next week of meals, be sure to grab a few extra grapes for a snack. It’s all in the name of research!
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