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Grapes Grown and Harvested in Jiwaka

Mi Ripota Michael Andy sent in images of grapes grown and harvested in Banz, Jiwaka province.

Michael reported that the grapes are farmed by Pastor Ben Merris and wife near the North Waghi District Office buildings.

Ben started farming in 2015 in his mandarin orange garden with just one wine plant.

Mr Andy said farmers like Ben who have less education find it difficult to sell their produce.

“Transprt cost, how to approach big stores, hotels et-cetera is a bit hard.” Andy said.

Things you should know about grapes

Grapes come in different colors and forms. There are red, green, and purple grapes, seedless grapes, grape jelly, grape jam and grape juice, raisins, currents, and sultanas, not to mention wine.

Up to 8,000 years ago, people first cultivated grape vines in what is now the Middle East.

Today, 72 million tons of grapes are grown each year worldwide, mostly to produce wine. Every year, 7.2 trillion gallons of wine are produced. Grapes are also a popular finger food.

The nutrients in grapes offer a number of possible health benefits. They have associated with prevention of cancerheart diseasehigh blood pressure, and constipation.

Fast facts about grapes

  • The nutrients in grapes may help protect against cancer, eye problems, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions.
  • Resveratrol is a key nutrient in grapes that may offer health benefits.
  • Grapes are a good source of fiber, potassium, and a range of vitamins and other minerals.
  • Grapes are suitable for people with diabetes, as long as they are accounted for in the diet plan.


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