Grapes are one of the most diverse and devoured fruits in India. Known for its sweet flavours and nutrients, grapes are hard to ignore. They come in various types and are carefully nurtured into fresh fruits, and nutritious raisins.
The story of grapes goes way back in history. They were introduced in India by Persian invaders back in 1300 AD. Grapes are cultivated in the lush green farms across states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Nashik in Maharashtra is known as the grape capital of India as and ranks high in grape cultivation across the world. Grapes belong to the same family, but there is a remarkable difference in their colour, size and taste.
Grape Varieties: Thompson Seedless and Super Sonaka Seedless are the two most widely known pale green textured grapes followed by Sharad Seedless that is black, sweet and fleshy. Crimson Seedless, Flame Seedless and Red Globe Seeded are different types of round red and crunchy grapes, with good juice content.
Grapes are highly nutritious in all its forms; be it fresh fruit, juice, wine or even dried raisins. All kinds of grapes are nutritious, rich in vitamins C and K. Their antioxidant nature may help you reduce inflammation and boost immunity. They are a perfect go-to fruit to beat the heat and can keep you healthy by providing the daily value of nutrients.
Grapes are to be handled carefully, unlike other specific fruits, they are only harvested once fully ripened. So, ensure you pick fully ripened grapes that are plump and free of wrinkles. Go for green grapes that have a yellowish shade if you like them sweeter. Always purchase grapes from a certified store to avoid consuming any pesticide residue. Refrigerate unwashed grapes in a clean bag to maintain freshness for a longer time. However, it is always best to consume grapes within four to five days while refrigerating with good car