What is the Meaning & Definition of grape

There are several species of grapes, a fruit that is presented in the form of cluster and which is obtained from the vine. In addition to a fruit with sweet taste, several types of wine, grape juice, vinegar and some types of liquor are obtained its fermentation.
In terms of its cultivation must be on land rich in minerals and with low humidity and everything related to their cultivation is part of the viticulture.
From a nutritional point of view, this fruit is rich in vitamin C and B. It is an important source of calories and carbohydrates; It has iron, phosphorus and calcium.

Health benefits

Its beneficial health effects are well known: improves levels of hypertension, is an antioxidant that improves the appearance of skin and hair, cleanses the body and protects the heart. On the other hand, power the body's defenses and strengthens the immune system. The grape acts as a laxative and helps the intestinal balance has diuretic properties. Despite its obvious positive aspects, its excessive consumption in people with diabetes, is not recommended because it is a food with a high sugar content.

The grapes in the gastronomy

From the month of September to November is collected the grapes and with this result it is possible to prepare a variety of dishes: salads, as a starter combined with fish or meat, in the form of jam or dessert, such as juice, fruit salad, cake and grapes to make raisin bread.
In Spain and other Latin American countries, it is very traditional to celebrate the twelve chimes of the last day of the year with the twelve grapes. Each grape is eaten at the same time which is the sound of the chimes that ends the year new year's eve day. This custom began in the nineteenth century and is currently maintained as a ritual that expresses the wish of good luck for the coming year.

The grapes in the history

One of the first in the history of mankind is the vine. Since its inception, this fruit had an important role in the economy and, especially, in everything to do with wine (a drink that is part of history, of the Christian religion, mythology and art). Vintage or grape harvesting is related to migratory movements, with large fortunes linked to the production of wine and cultural traditions.
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