Grapes Fun Facts: There are more than 8,000 different types of grape.Dried grapes are called raisins.Grapes grow on vines in farms called vineyards.Grapes come in many colours, including red, green, purple, blue, black and pink.Grapes are actually a type of berry.Whole grapes are intended to be eaten straight away are called ‘table grapes’ but grapes can also be preserved into jam and jellies or crushed to make juice.Some grapes have seeds and some grapes don’t, but whilst the seedless ones may be easier to eat, the grapes without seeds are usually sweeter. Where do we come from? There are over 18 million acres of vineyards in the world. Most of the world’s grapes are grown in Italy, closely followed by American and France. However, there are many other countries which produce grapes as well, including Spain, China, Turkey, Argentina, Iran, Chile and South Africa. Of all of these grapes, 27% are eaten fresh as table grapes, 2% are dried to produce raisins and 71% are used in making wine. Test Yourself! Can you locate all of these countries on the map? We are good for you! Like all fruits and vegetables, grapes are low in sodium, calories and fat and they are also a good source of dietary fibre. But grapes are especially good for you because … They are a good source of vitamin K which is good for healing wounds. Did you know … …. Grapes were once considered the ‘fruit of the gods’. They are closely tied to Dionysus, who is the Greek god of wine, farming and fertility. Get Creative! Create a picture of a bunch of grapes and send us a photograph of your designs, be as creative and imaginative as you can!