Grapes are symbols of abundance and fertility; they have been cultivated for 8,000 years starting in the Middle East. The wine made from grapes was so important to the ancient Greeks and Romans that they worshipped a god of wine, called Dionysus or Bacchus.
Today, 72 million tons of grapes are grown worldwide. Many grapes are used as finger foods. Every year 7.2 trillion gallons of wine are produced from these grapes.
Grapes come in so many different colors and forms: red, black, green, and purple, and in seedless and dried forms like raisins, currents, and the best form, juice and wine! If you are on a restricted diet, grapes can be used as sweet candy, or you can freeze them for a snack on a hot day.
7. Grapes Are Rich in Nutrients
Grapes are high in fiber and water, with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, folate, potassium, and zinc. They include the vitamins C, K, B, and A.
6. Great for Eye Health
Grapes are superior for eye health due to some of their compounds, like resveratrol, which helps prevent retinopathy. They also have lutein and zeaxanthin, polyphenols that reduce oxidative stress and damage to the retina. They are protective against macular degeneration and cataract formation.