Grapes grow in bunches of roughly 15-300. They are botanically classed as a berry. Interestingly, strawberries and raspberries are not botanically berries, but watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, and avocados are!
Australia's season ranges from November to May with, peaking around February-March. So now is the time to be enjoying this wonderful fruit before they go out of season!
Grapes consist of roughly 80% water, making them a low-calorie snack. 100 calories (1 cup) of grapes provide about a quarter of the daily recommended vitamin C and K intake. Grapes are also full of antioxidants - making them the perfect healthy snack.
Grapes are rich in history - they are believed to be 65 million years old! In ancient times, grapes were heavily associated with royalty and hedonism - and to some extent, they have maintained this symbolism. This is the case for several reasons. Firstly because of their price. Grapes were extremely expensive in ancient times as they only grew in very specific areas and were hard to transport because of their fragility. Even today only 14% of grapes are exported. This meant that only the rich could afford grapes. Secondly, Dionysus, the god of grape cultivation in greek mythology, was also the god fertility, wine and ecstasy. Hence, grapes became a symbol of pleasure and riches.