EN on Foods

July 2016 Issue

Grape Expectations

The storied history of grapes runs deeper than the roots of the twisted vines themselves. Called the “fruit of the vine” in the bible, grapes are believed by some to be the fruit eaten by Eve in the Garden of Eden. Grapes also appear in hieroglyphics in Egyptian burial tombs, but it was the Greeks and Romans who coveted them for winemaking. Wine and grapes were known for their nutritional and medicinal value as early as the middle ages. A traditional symbol of bounty and abundance, grapes (and the wine that is produced from them) continue to be embedded in the food and celebratory traditions of cultures around the world and are recognized for their high nutrient density.

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