Varieties of Grapes: There are between 6,000 and 8,000 varieties of grapes that have been named and described but only 40 to 50 varieties are important commercially. These varieties range in color from green and white to red and purple.
- Emperor grapes are the favorite variety during the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration. These grapes are large, long, and full-bodied. The flesh is light red to reddish-purple, seeded, neutral in flavor.
- Thompson seedless grapes are grown in California by Mr. William Thompson. These grapes are large, and full-bodied; the fruit is medium-sized, and ellipsoidal. The color is greenish-white to light golden. They are seedless, firm and tender, and are very sweet when fully ripened.
- Concord grape is the principal juice grape. It is blue-black in color, medium sized, and tough-skinned. It is also used as a table grape.
Classification: There are four classes of grapes: wine grapes, table grapes, raisin grapes, and sweet (unfermented) juice grapes. The big grape producing states, in addition to California, are New York, Michigan, and Washington.
Grapes Health Benefits:
- Quick source of energy.
- An alkaline fruit which helps greatly in eliminating the acid from the system, thus benefiting the kidneys and liver.
- Grape juice is a natural remedy for gout, a disease that is caused by too much acid in the body.
- Grape juice is an effective cure for migraine. To get the best benefit drink it early in the morning.
- Contain tannin which is a very powerful killers of disease-causing viruses; it is effective against poliovirus, herpes simplex and reovirus (an apparent cause of meningitis, mild fever and diarrhea).
- Red grapes can help boost your good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and prevent blood platelets from clumping together and forming a deadly blood clot.
- Study showed a glass of red wine daily reduces the chance of lung cancer.
- Grape juice helps prevent cataract.
- Grape juice is effective in improving the skin overall appearance.
Nutrient Content of Grapes: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 80 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .06 mg.; Riboflavin .04 mg.; Niacin .2 mg.
- Vitamin C: 4 mg.
- Calcium: 17 gm.
- Iron: .6 mg.
- Phosphorus: 21 mg.
- Fat: 1.4 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 14.9 gm.
- Protein: 1.4 gm.
- Calories: 70
- Avoid eating grapes if you have blood sugar problem.