The grape is considered a berry that was originated in the mediterranean area. They are rich in several essential nutrients for the proper functioning of the body. Each grape consists of a translucent pulp wrapped in a thin, smooth edible skin. The colour is due to the polyphenolic compounds, such as anthocyanins and tannins, which accumulate in the skin and seeds. These compounds, as well as giving colour, are also known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anticancer.
Grapes are very nutritious, are especially rich in vitamin c, important for its effect against free radicals of oxygen; vitamin k, vital for proper blood clotting and maintain healthy bones; and potassium, necessary for cardiovascular health. Although they also contain moderate amounts of fibre, thiamine, vitamin b6, copper, manganese …
These fruits, plus all those nutrients, contain resveratrol. This polyphenolic compound has anticancer activity, helps the cardiovascular system by decreasing the levels of blood cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, strengthens the immune system … In addition, it also reduces the risk of stroke, slows aging and protects against neurodegenerative diseases such as alzheimer’s.
They are an ideal food for dessert or as an appetizer which are without condiments. But they can also be added to fruit salads, confectionery, juices and jams.