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Grapes are a fruit that grows in clusters on the perennial and deciduous woody vines of the genus Vitis. They come in a variety of colors, but the most popular are light green and a range of purples that runs from reddish to nearly black. Grapes can be eaten raw or used for making jam, juice, jelly, vinegar, wine, grape seed extracts, raisins, and grape seed oil. Grapes are also used in some kinds of confectionery.


  • Always eat grapes downwards - that is, always eat the best grape first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last.
  • "A sack," Baudolino explained, like a man who knows a trade well, "is like a grape harvest: you have to divide the tasks. There are those who press the grapes, those who carry off the must in the tuns, those who cook for others, others who go to fetch the good wine from last year.... a sack is a serious job".

  • And the grapes, now do you count each? No, of course not. What strikes you is their clear, amber colour and the bloom which models the form by softening it.
    • Édouard Manet, on painting, as reported by Philippe Burty, as cited in Manet by Himself, ed. Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Little Brown 2000, London; p. 52.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 336.

  • Nay, in death's hand, the grape-stone proves
    As strong as thunder is in Jove's.
  • The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
    • Ezekiel, XVIII. 2; Jeremiah, XXXI. 29.
  • Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
    • Judges, VIII. 2.
  • Uvaque conspecta livorem ducit ab uva.
    • The grape gains its purple tinge by looking at another grape.
    • JuvenalSatires, II. 81.

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