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A HISTORY OF GRAPES

A HISTORY OF GRAPES
Where do Grapes come from?
Grapes have been an integral part of society since ancient times, and they take many different forms (grapes, raisins, wine, vinegar). Some historians say that they're as old as civilization itself!  Archeological evidence suggests that humans have been growing grapes since 6500 BC during the Neolithic Era, and reached the ancient Greeks around 3000 BC. But, in the early days grape growing was associated with monasteries, and it wasn't until much later it became an integral part of our culture. 

What makes Grapes so special? 
Grapes uniqueness lies in their versatility. In our culture today, they are grown with three main purposes: wine-making (7.2 trillion gallons per year!), raisin production (3.2 trillion tons per year!) and fresh table grapes (Americans eat about 8 pounds a year per person!). But, grapes aren't just for simple consumption - they are packed with health benefits and are packed with antioxidants, a true superfood.

What are the health benefits?
The medicinal uses of grapes, and especially wine, were greatly studied by the Ancient Greeks. Hippocrates was especially interested in their health benefits, and used it as a cure for everything from fevers to sepsis. The ancient Greek poet, Eubulus, suggested that people should drink three bowls of wine per day! One for health, one for love and one for pleasure. Today, doctors understand the health benefits of grapes in all forms and know they're packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are ideal for health. Grapes specifically make a unique nutrient called Resveratrol that naturally fights infections, UV radiation, stress and injury. 

How can I use it in my every day?
Grapes, like many of our ancient Mediterranean superfoods, are wonderful to enjoy just on their own - but also make a delicious addition to many plates. One of my favorite tips is to put grapes in the freezer for a delicious, superfood-packed snack! You can also get your health-fill of grapes from our Balsamic Vinegar with is made from fresh Napa Valley grapes. I especially love drizzling it over grilled radicchio topped with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. 

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