Grapes most likely originated near the Caspian Sea, though no one knows for sure. They are an old plant, as certain species from the wild have been found at archaeological sites that have been dated back 130 million years.
Before the 1500s, grapes were only used to make wine. Francois I, the King of France, was the first to eat grapes as a fruit, introducing the notion of table grapes. Over the years, certain varieties have been bred for particular traits. For instance, the Concord grape appeared in 1854. The grapes were bred from wild varieties found in New England. The breeder, Ephraim Wales Bull, was looking for a grape with a strong flavor that was ready to pick sooner than other varieties.Learn More
Red grapes are actually healthier than green grapes because they have a higher flavonoid content and are therefore richer in antioxidants than green grapes. The flavonoids cluster in the darker skin of the red grape.Full Answer >
Grapes do not cause constipation. Because of their water and fiber content, grapes can actually be beneficial for constipation. Grapes can also help people stay hydrated.Full Answer >
Although grapes are a nice healthy snack in moderation, too many of them can result in someone's body absorbing too many calories and taking in too many carbohydrates and fiber, all of which can have negative effects on health. Instead, it is best to diversify the type of fruits and vegetables someone eats.Full Answer >
Grapes can cause gas. According to Bottom Line Publications, green, red and black grapes are all known to contribute to stomach upset such as diarrhea, nausea and gas if too many are consumed at once.Full Answer >