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Grapes have a round or oval shape. There are seeded and seedless varieties, with a huge range of colours, from white, pink, red, blue to black.
Coloured grapes contain resveratrol in their skin, an anticarcinogenic compound that mainly acts on breast, protate and colon cancers.
With regards to these coloured grapes, we can speak of the French Paradox. It has been observed that the incidence of coronary thrombosis among the French population is relatively low thanks to the intake of red wine and coloured grapes (although their diet is relatively high in saturated fat). The presence of alcohol and phenols in wine contribute towards colestherol reduction, blood circulation improvement and heart attack prevention. 
Moderate intake of wine can improve circulation but even eating red or black grapes will bring the same properties without the intake of alcohol (which can be harmful if used extendly and abundantly).
Grapes are usually covered by a “bloom”, a sort of powdery and frosted deposit caused by humidity during the night and hot air during the day. The presence of this bloom is a sign of good quality grape (see health link).

Origin
Grapes originate in the Caucase and Central Asia although they can be found today almost everywhere in the world. Grapes are one of the main cultivated and commercialised products in international markets.
An important part of the global production is in Europe (within Europe, the main producers are Spain, Italy and Greece). Grapes are available all year round as European production is complemented with the Souther hemisphere production (Peru, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and Australia).

Properties
Grapes are a very healthy product and their healing effect have been known for a long time. They bring essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, that are needed by brain, nervous system, teeth and bones, and huge quantities of vitamins B and C. Grapes also regulate intestinal activity and work positively against gout and arteriosclerosis. 
Their high content in sugars and carbohydrates makes them a natural source of energy for those in need of extra help like sporties, students and growing children (see health link).

Recommendations of conservation and consumption
Preserve in a refrigerator. This delicious fruit is better eaten fresh although they are suitable to be used in the kitchen, salads o cold meals decoration. Grapes always give a special and delicious touch. They also have a cosmetic use: using the pulp as a mask for 20 minutes, it will hydrate the skin. 
 
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