The grape (Vitis vinifera) is thought to have been growing wild throughout the world long before the arrival of humans. Our most common grape is one of the oldest cultivated plants. The grape vine is a woody, climbing plant in most areas, but in arid regions, it can form an erect shrub.
The grapes grow in clusters, ranging in colour from black and blue to red and white. There are several species in the genus Vitis (family Vitaceae) and Vitis vinifera is the most commonly used in wine making.
Grape cultivation (Viticulture) has undoubtedly been fuelled by humankind's fascination with stimulating drinks, and wine is certainly one of the most popular choices. Produce from grapes, including wine, was very important to the Romans as a major source of revenue. Grapes, raisins, wine and vinegar were precious trade items in the ancient Near East.
Grapes are a good source of vitamins A, C and B, and they are packed with minerals, too.
In cosmetics, grape juice is a desirable ingredient for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The juice is rich in malic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs help to restore moisture, exfoliate the skin’s top layers and aid absorption of other ingredients.
Grape juice is said to reduce wrinkles when applied to the face.
We take fresh grape juice and add it to some of our fresh products for their beneficial properties.