What am I?
I’m one of the oldest foods around. There is evidence that I have been cultivated (farmed) for 8,000 years! There are wild plants of me around the world, but many of the varieties you eat came from the ancient farming that started in what’s now the country of Georgia. My flavor is sweet, and I’m fun to eat.
How it Grows
I grow on vines in clusters, and I like a lot of sun. After my flowers are pollinated by the wind and insects, my fruit starts to grow. My vines and fruit need to be pruned (or cut back) to grow healthier fruit. Farmers have developed varieties that can grow in colder temperatures, so you can find me across the world.
After I'm Picked
In the late summer or early fall, it’s time to harvest (or pick) me. Farmers will cut whole clusters with scissors. I’m delicate, so I need to be handled carefully. After I’m picked, I need to be stored in a refrigerator. Then I can be eaten raw, made into juice, wine, jam or jelly, or dried and made into raisins! Oh, my leaves can be eaten too.
Did you Guess... Grapes
There are 8,000 different kinds of grapes, and they are used for different things.
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