I love grapes, especially the seedless ones. The grapes we consume are called 'table grapes'. The wine grape is specifically grown for the production of wine and raisin grapes are grown for the sole purpose of.... yep, raisins.
Grapes have served as food dating back as far as 3500 BC and hieroglyphics from 2440 BC show that wine making was already known and done by the Egyptians. Grapes were introduced by early settlers on the east coast. The climate however was not suitable for growing grapes and the plants died.
Around the 1700s Spanish missionaries planted grapevines in California, where they flourished and were grown ever since. Nowadays several more states grow grapes for commercial purposes.
A serving of grapes (1 1/2 cups, 138g) has 90 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K. Grapes also supply an abundance of antioxidant phytonutrients such as resveratrol and pterostilbene, which several studies have shown may lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Grapes' high quantity of antioxidants may also boost brain power. USDA research demonstrates significantly improved short-term memory, coordination and balance as a benefit of grape juice consumption. Source: Dole Food Facts.
I also found that the flavonoids (compounds responsible for the purple color of grapes and red color of wine) in grapes increase nitric oxide. This helps reduce the formation of clots in blood vessels. It is also said that these flavonoids may reduce the risk of lung cancer and have an anti inflammatory effect on the body.
Grapes can be stored in the refridgerator for several day, but they can also be frozen. Aside from eating them by themselves, they can be used in salads, served with cheese as a snack, or give an additional flavor to many dishes.
To avoid the consumption of alcohol you can consume the same amount of healthy flavonoids by drinking at least three daily glasses of red or purple grape juice. Make sure it is the real thing though, because many grape juice 'drinks' will contain high amounts of sugar and little real grape juice. This will have the totally opposite effect.
We have to make sure that the things we do and say are done out of love, hope and faith. If done out of anything other than these, it will have the totally opposite effect. :-)
Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.