This table fruit, no matter what the colour – green, black or red, really packs a punch in terms of its taste and nutrition. Because of its taste, grapes or ‘vitis vinifera’ are a hit with people of all age groups.
India is among the top 10 grape producing countries in the world. The hot climate and rich soil of Maharashtra is very conducive for grape production. Nashik is the grape capital of India and contributes to almost 50% of the total exports. Grapes are also grown in Sangli, Satara and Ahmednagar of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and few other states in the country. The popular varieties grown are: Thomson, Sharad, Sonaka, Flame. January to April are the prime months for harvesting grapes.
Grapes are a rich source of vitamins C and K which boost our immunity and prevent fatigue. These are natural antioxidants and contain resveratrol which protects people from environmental stress; and flavonoids with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Grapes are known to improve brain function, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, help cure migraine, asthma and breast cancer. It also reduces cholestrol and helps prevent heart attacks. Table grapes have a lower sugar content than wine grapes.