Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fun Grape Facts From The Golden State Of California

This is my 11th Thursday 13!
  1. Grapes have been cultivated since biblical times;
  2. Grapes have grown wild since pre-historic times;
  3. Grape juice is a concentrated source of anti-oxidants;
  4. The belief that grapes have healing properties dates back to ancient times, long before scientific research gave grapes disease-fighting credibility;
  5. Botanically, grapes are berries;
  6. The Thompson Seedless is the favorite grape in the United States;
  7. Golden raisins are made from Thompson Seedless Grapes;
  8. It is approximated that there are 25 million acres of cultivated grapes worldwide;
  9. If left alone, a grapevine will spread 50 feet or more;
  10. The world produces an approximate 72 million tons of grapes each year;
  11. It takes about 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to produce one bottle of wine;
  12. California produces 98% of the fresh grapes grown in the United States;
  13. California's fresh grape industry is made up of approximately 550 farmers.
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  1. Hmmm, I love grapes, especially with a good cheese or when they come in bootles ;)
    Thanks for the interesting list and Happy TT!

    Greets Julia

  2. I so love grapes Thank you all 550 of you grape farmers

  3. I'm really surprised it only takes 2 1/2 lbs to make a bottle of wine. I thought it would be much higher than that.
    Great list!

  4. Living in CA myself I did not know all these grapes facts. Pretty Cool!
    Thakns for stopping by my site.

  5. I love grapes!!

    A great Thursday Thirteen! Lots of facts there that I never knew.

  6. Great Grape info, haha. I am one of the grape lovers, especially green seedless, or red too. Yummmy.

    Alice at I Was Born2Cree8
    Or My 24th Thursday 13

  7. I had no idea that if left alone, vines would just keep growing and growing. Cool! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my TT.

  8. I just love grapes and I miss the California prices now that we're here in the north woods.

  9. You can also try putting fresh grapes in the freezer. They get even sweeter.

    Love your Erma Bombeck quote by the way. My mom has a sign in her kitchen that says, "Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First". And she does!

  10. Thank you, all!
    gtpies7: I also took a double take regarding the 2.5 lbs of grapes to make one bottle, however I found the same fact on several reliable websites, including wineries.
    Jodi: Thank you for the tip. That's great to know. It's probably because freezing removes some moisture, so the sugars get concentrated.
    I love Erma Bombeck's humor. What a great sign your mom has! :-)


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