Friday, September 18, 2015

grapes for health & skin (grapes, Vitis vinifera)

under the Tuscan sun..
Grape, the famous symbol of God Dionysus. His history is associated with wine and winemaking, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, orgies😅 and other elements that we find in Dionysian Mysteries.

Grapes, except wine and vinegar, give us also juice, raisin, mustard (the first mustard recipe contained grape must and this is the reason we call it “must-ard”), molasses, must cruller, vine leaves, marmelade, stewed fruit and of course our favourite grape seed oil! The king of fruits is cultivated in all temperate regions and has more than 3.000 varieties! It blooms from May to July and we enjoy its gifts from August to September.
The berries are giving us tartaric and malic acid, tartaric salts, fructose, pectin and tannin while the red grapes contain inosine. From the juice we receive carotene, xanthophyll and vitamins such as A1, B1, B2 and C. They are rich in flavonoids, they have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and protective action and I think it is obvious that nature has made a combination of flavor and health. Grape’s offer is invaluable, both in its juice, berry and leaves.

Grape seed oil is one of the most famous vegetable oils for its healing and cosmetic properties. It is produced by cold pressing of the red grape, it is thin, soft and light and is absorbed directly by the skin, without leaving greasiness.
It is rich in fatty acids, polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins and trace elements. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, regenerative and anti-aging benefits, stimulates and tightens the skin, fights free radicals and regulates sebum production.
Suitable for all skin types but mostly for oily, acne-prone or mature skin.

recipes with grape

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