Late summer/early fall means many things, but one of our favorite aspects of this bountiful season is grapes. Grapes come in many flavors and forms, both with and without seeds. In The FruitGuys’ world, we generally provide seedless varieties, as we’ve learned that serving seeded grapes in workplaces can create challenges (where to put the seeds? Shirt pocket? Desk drawer?)—unless you swallow them, of course (grape seeds are packed with nutrients and fiber, by the way, and are a great source of antioxidants, which are beneficial to skin and can reduce signs of aging).
Grapes are a fat-free, low-calorie snack. A cup of grapes is only around 100 calories. Grapes of all varieties are high in vitamins C and K and contain potassium and fiber. Here are some interesting facts about grapes:
- Grapes are actually a berry.
- The average person in the U.S. consumes around 8 pounds of grapes per year.
- If left alone, a grapevine will spread 50 feet or more.
- Aside from being eaten raw, grapes can be used to make jam, juice, jelly, wine, raisins, vinegar, and grape-seed oil.
- It takes about 2½ pounds of grapes to produce one bottle of wine.
- The number of grapes in a cluster varies dramatically depending on the type of grape and the growing conditions. There can be anywhere from a few up to around 300 grapes in a cluster.