It may be hard to believe, but botanically speaking, grapes are classified as berries. They are small round and oval berries with a semi-translucent flesh surrounded by a smooth skin. Some contain seeds and yet other varieties are seedless.
You’re probably more familiar with what is considered table grapes that are either red, green, black or white in color. (White grapes are actually green in color). Table grapes are the one you usually eat as a snack or enjoy in salads and other recipes compared to wine grapes used specifically for various wines or even raisin grapes that are dried specifically for raisins.
Grapes have been around for thousands of years, flourishing wild since the beginning of man most likely. Some evidence suggests that they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 B.C. Not only were grapes pictured in hieroglyphics in ancient Egyptian burial tombs, and during Greek and Roman times, they were also used in winemaking. Grapes are mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One particular reference is when Jesus told his disciples that you cannot put new wine into old wine skins (or containers) without destroying them because during the fermentation process the new wine would cause the old wine skins to burst and become marred (Mark 2:22).
We have Spanish explorers to thank for bringing grapes to California in the 17th century when they established missions throughout the state and planted a European variety of grape known as Mission. Because of the climate in the central valley of California, grapes found a lasting home, and of course now the Sonoma and Napa Valleys are known as the one of the centers for growing wine grapes.
Grapes contain many healthy vitamins and minerals—Vitamin K, C, B1 and B6, as well as manganese and potassium. They also provide flavanols, carotenoids, and Phenolic Acids as well as other nutrients necessarily for healthy bodies. They also contain antioxidants as well as anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It shouldn’t be any surprise that God created a delicious fruit full of health-giving life.
There’s more to grapes so stay tuned.