Grapes & You
30 May, 2013
There are various types of grapes available in the world, varying in colour and taste. There are black, purple, green and pink coloured grapes. Grapes are full of vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin C, B6, which are imperative and indispensable for our health. Grape is beneficial for asthma, heart diseases, migraine (in case of migraine it should be taken early in the morning on empty stomach), indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorder, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, blood cholesterol and cataract.
Grape seed extract
contains proanthocyanidins (condensed tannins that make us look more youthful) and resveratrol (a type of natural phenol which helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots) as well as other powerful antioxidants. Grape seeds are an excellent source of vitamin C and E, as well as antioxidants known as flavanoids (naturally-occurring compounds found in plant-based foods that release certain health benefits). All of these improve skin texture and reduce the signs of aging. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
While writing about grapes, wine was always on my mind. Red wine comes from crushed grapes with skins and juice that are fermented. The distinctive colour of red wine comes from deep purple, red, or even blue grapes. French love red wine, that’s why they have lower incidence of coronary heart disease despite their diets which are high in fats. If you have high blood pressure, a glass of wine with your evening meal may be a good idea. It’s possible that grape juice and red wine have the same benefits. The whole grape delivers the same amount of antioxidant (molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules) that is in grape juice and wine, as I have already mentioned.
I am an ethnic Georgian, and I’m obliged to underline the greatest role of grapes in our culture. Georgia is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world. We can note more than 500 sorts of Georgian vines; however, only dozen (sic!) sorts are used in production. Every Georgian, and not only Georgians, knows the taste of ‘pelamushi’ and ‘churchkhela’ – the Georgian type of dessert, so to speak. The recipe is very easy: you need only three ingredients: grape juice, sugar and flour. The result, first of all, depends on quality of grape juice. ‘Churchkhela’ is delicious my favourite! Pieces of walnuts, hazelnuts, filberts or nutmegs are dipped into boiled grape juice with added sugar and flour. These are original recopies but every Georgian woman knows her own magical ingredient to add, which gives very delicious taste to the product. I would like to say to every foreigner to just try our grapes, wine, ‘churchxela’, ‘pelamushi’ and you will definitely feel taste of Georgia so much that you may not even want to leave it ever.