Grapes have been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for 8,000 years and were a major part of the establishment of civilization in that area. Naturally occurring yeast on the skin of grapes make fermentation into wine and vinegar relatively easy.
There are also native species of grapes that grow wild all over the Americas.
Grapes are delicious raw, dried as raisins, and fermented to produce wine. Wine is a traditional ritual beverage. There’s also something about a bunch of ripe grapes that feels voluptuous and sensual. The entire plant is useful. Grape leaves are also edible and delicious and grapeseed oil is also a popular salad oil and grapevines can be used for crafting.
Eat one grape for each chime of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Even (that’s 12) for good luck all year long.
Grapes get a good dousing of potentially harmful pesticides under traditional growing methods, so choose organic whenever possible for these.
Grapes are toxic to dogs and a choking hazard for small children. Peel and slice for the small children.