Grapes may be black, red or green. Most of them are seedless but some have seeds as well. Grapes are round or oval and grow in bunches on vines. Most grapes come from countries with a mild or Mediterranean climate, such as South Africa, Chile, India, Spain, Argentina, Peru and Egypt.
In the Netherlands, most grapes intended for consumption are grown in greenhouses, in relatively small quantities. Looking at grape cultivation on a global scale, the major part of the harvest – almost 90% – is intended for the production of alcoholic beverages. A small part of the harvested grapes is destined for other purposes, such as grape juice, raisins, currants and table fruit. Wine grapes are not really suitable to eat, as they are much less sweet than table grapes.