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
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.