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Grapes Trivia | 50 facts about the sweet fruit

Grapes Trivia | 50 facts about the sweet fruit

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics record the cultivation of purple grapes, and history attests to the ancient Greeks, Cypriots, Phoenicians, and Romans growing purple grapes both for eating and wine production. Mutations in two regulatory genes of white grapes turn off production of anthocyanins, which are responsible for the color of purple grapes. Anthocyanins and other pigment chemicals of the larger family of polyphenols in purple grapes are responsible for the varying shades of purple in red wines. Approximately 71% of world grape production is used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% as dried fruit. These include wine grapes and table grapes, most of which originated in Europe and the Americas.

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