Grape

Grapes are a highly popular fruit among Americans. Spanish explorers brought grapes to the United States about 300 years ago. They are 80% water and widely loved for comprising delicious wines

Varieties: over 8000 varieties, some being- white, red, black, blue, green, purple, golden

Related: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries

Harvest season in the LV: September

Growing conditions: plant dormant, grape vines in the early spring with full sun and deep, well-drained, loose soil

Pollination: will grow by themselves when planted

Cooking/Preparation required: eaten raw, dried, added to salads, added to pies, made into jam, made into wine, made into juice

Fertilizers or pesticides: with good growing conditions, no fertilizers or pesticides are needed; however grapes are on the “Dirty Dozen” list (veggies to avoid because of their pesticide load

Nutrients: rich in vitamin K and vitamin C, low levels of cholesterol, good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium

Health considerations: low in calories, help sustain bone health, prevent heart disease, can be helpful in the treatment of asthma

NOTE:

Nutrient content can vary greatly depending on soil conditions, with organic methods and a soil rich in organic matter generally producing the best results.

‘Dirty Dozen’ or ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists do not necessarily apply to produce grown on local farms — you need to check with the farmer to determine if and when any fertilizers or pesticides were applied.