Grapes are generally available in New Zealand all year round as they are imported from other countries such as the United States.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator unwashed and loosely wrapped in a paper towel. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Grapes have a long and abundant history. While they have grown wild since prehistoric times, evidence suggests they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 BC. During the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, grapes were revered for their use in winemaking. As European travellers explored the globe, they brought grapes with them.
- Hieroglyphics (pictures and symbols used in early forms of communication) show that the ancient Egyptians were involved in grape and wine production
- Grapes with black skins are dried to make raisins
- Grape growing is known as viticulture
- Grapes grow on deciduous (lose their leaves in winter) vines
- They grow in most places in New Zealand. Marlborough, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay are the major grape producing areas
- In New Zealand grapes are grown mainly for the domestic market and wine production
Grapes are a good source of vitamins K and C and a source of potassium and thiamin.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.