October is Grape and Squash Month!
Did you know…?
There are over 8,000 grape varieties worldwide and appear in many colours such as white, red, black, blue, green, purple and golden. The grape is in the top ten of the world’s favourite fruits, along with tomatoes, mangos and bananas.Grapes are botanically classed as berries with the oldest grapevine in America being a 400 year old Scuppernong vine in North Carolina. Grapes are rich in vitаmins K and C and are 80% water. When dried, (raisins) contain only 15% water. Both make for a great snack that is low in calories.
They often look like little spaceships but are actually one of the oldest edible plants grown by man. They're thought to have originated in northern Mexico. Squash belong to the curcubit family that includes pumpkins, melons and zucchinis. Honey bees are their main source of pollination.They're an excellent source of vitamin C and also some dietary fiber and potassium.Those that are darker in color supply some beta carotene.