Grapes are a type of fruit that grow in clusters of 15 to 300, and can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green, orange, and pink. “White” grapes are actually green in color, and are evolutionarily derived from the purple grape.
In most of Europe and North America, dried grapes are referred to as “raisins” or the local equivalent. In the UK, three different varieties are recognized, forcing the EU to use the term “dried vine fruit” in official documents.
While most of the grapes that Eatfruit supply are seedless grapes, an offset to the improved eating quality of seedlessness is the loss of potential health benefits provided by the enriched phytochemical content of grape seeds. Seedless grapes also tend to be slightly less sweet. Now and again we do supply grapes with seeds, watch out for the Muscat grapes in particular, you will find them amazing.
All grape varieties contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds that give grapes and other plants their vibrant colors. They also offer protection against disease and environmental damage. Polyphenols are known antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. The grape skins and pulp contain the most polyphenols. They also have the highest antioxidant abilities.
Grapes, good for the heart?
The polyphenols in grapes may help prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition to scavenging free radicals, it’s thought that grapes have anti-inflammatory effects, antiplatelet effects, and support endothelial function. Endothelial dysfunction is linked with risk factors for buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis).
Grapes, good for the eyes?
Grapes may soon take your place as the best food for eye health. According to research from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, regularly eating grapes may help protect retina deterioration.
Grapes provide vitamin K
Grapes are a good source of vitamin K. Vitamin K helps clot your blood. Vitamin K deficiency puts you at risk of hemorrhaging. It may also increase your risk of osteoporosis, although more studies are needed.
Luckily most of the Grapes in your office fruit delivery will have gone before you need to worry about storage however if you do happen to have any left over these tips should help them last that little bit longer
- Keep Them Cold: Grapes are best kept in the refrigerator. Place them towards the rear back, as it’s normally cooler. Be sure to store them away from odorous foods, as grapes absorb odors. Finally, store grapes where they won’t be squished by other food.
- Keep the Original Package: Grapes are best kept in the original package because the container has the right amount of covering and ventilation to extend shelf life.
- Store Them Unwashed: Don’t rinse grapes before storing them. Extra moisture speeds up the decay process. Simply remove and rinse when you’re ready to enjoy them.
- Freeze them: To make grapes last even longer, freeze them to use later in a smoothie, or as a refreshing snack! Learn how to freeze grapes.