Ate the Grapes

Saying the title in your best Aussie-accent will help you get the jest 🙂

Name(s): Grapes
Fruit or Vegetable: Fruit
Origin: Modern day Iraq, southeast Turkey and northeastern Syria, as well as ancient Egypt.
Part(s) Used/Consumed: The entire grape; with the exception of the stems and seeds
Family Plants: Vitaceae
Nutritional Values: (See chart provided)

Grapes

Grapes - nutritional information

 

One cup of grapes contains 1.09 gram of protein, 104 calories and 1.4 grams of dietary fiber.

Potassium – 288 mg 
Phosphorus – 30 mg 
Magnesium – 11 mg 
Calcium – 15 mg 
Sodium – 3 mg 
Iron – 0.54 mg 
Selenium 0.2 mcg 
Manganese – 0.107 mg 
Copper – 0.192 mg 
Zinc – 0.11 mg 
Also contains small amounts of other minerals.

Vitamin A – 100 IU 
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.104 mg 
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.106 mg 
Niacin – 0.284 mg 
Folate – 3 mcg 
Pantothenic Acid – 0.076 mg 
Vitamin B6 – 0.13 mg 
Vitamin C – 16.3 mg 
Vitamin E – 0.29 mg 
Vitamin K – 22 mcg 
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

 

     
 
Fun Fact: There are over 1,000 different varieties of grapes that have been discovered in the world today. 
(List link provided: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_grape_varieties)


Grapes:
Known to be one of the earliest domesticated microorganisms, Grapes grow in clusters of 15 to 300 in a bunch; from an array of several different colors.
 
Though there are thousands of different kinds of grapes all around the world, the most common of grapes found in North America are the purple grapes/concord grapes (Welch’s) and the white grapes (also popularly used in Welch’s beverages)
 
Having had been around for thousands of years, cultures such as the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans eventually discovered the versatility of this plant, and began using it to make various types of wines. Today we have such a vast selection of wines to choose from with millions of winery’s around the world. Within that discovery, a stage was set for the raisin, which is a sun-dried grape; and it’s two look alike(s), though not taste alike(s), currants and sultanas.
 
Grapes are quite beneficial to the human bodily functions and help to provide antioxidants and prevent viruses and cancer.
They contain large amounts of ellagic and caffeic acids, which deactivate carcinogens, and are a good source of potassium. 
Flavoniods, found in grapes juice and red wine, protect the heart and cardiovascular system.
 
Bonus for the Ladies: Grapes are found to contain boron, which helps maintain estrogen levels 
and give relief to the cause and symptoms of osteoporosis.
 
For more information about Grapes, their history and benefits, visit:
 
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