June 19, 2013
FEATURED PRODUCT: Varietal Grape Juice Concentrate
The domestication of most grape varietals grapes originated in what is now southern Turkey.
Yeast, one of the earliest domesticated microorganisms, occurs naturally on the skins of grapes,
leading to the innovation of alcoholic drinks such as wine. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics record
the cultivation of red and purple grapes, and history attests to the ancient Greeks, Phoenicians
and Romans growing grapes for both eating and wine production. Later, the growing of grapes spread
to Europe, North Africa, and eventually North America. Today, red, white and varietal grapes are
common global fruit source for fresh consumption and also as processed ingredients for making
wines and a variety of food and beverage products.
Over the years, as the health benefits of fruits have become a focus for good nutrition and
healthy diets, the grape, especially deeply color grapes, has been recognized for its
substantial health benefits, including the very important flavonoid reseveratrol, a key
phytonutrient in the French Paradox health benefit discussions.
Red, and dark colored grapes contain significant amounts of flavonoids and polyphenols, such as
resveratrol and quercitin, known to provide potential health maintaining properties. Red and purple grapes rank high for antioxidant strength.
Most of the flavonoids and polyphenols are concentrated in the skin, so it is important to consume
grape products that extract a maximum amount of these important phytonutrients from the skin.
These compounds are known to contribute to heart health in two major ways:
- Reducing platelet clumping and blood clots
- Protecting against LDL Cholesterol from free radical attack and adhesion to the arteries.
Resveratrol is believed to be a true cancer fighter, and protect against cancers of the liver, lung, prostate
and breast. Resveratrol also is known to reduce the incidence of Alzheimers disease by breaking down the
amyloid beta peptides which develop in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
Red and dark colored grapes are also an excellent source of Saponins, and Pterostilbene, which are
believed to help reduce cholesterol in the blood.
Encore Fruit Marketing can provide an excellent source of varietal grape juice concentrate to help consumer products
deliver one of the 5 A Day fruit servings.
Varietal grape juice concentrate is carefully processed from freshly harvested ripe grapes to provide the essential nutrition, flavor and color, in a convenient, ready to use ingredient form for processed beverage and food applications. Varietal grape juice concentrate is an excellent ingredient to add a fruit serving to your retail label for beverages, cakes, pies, pastries, sauces, jellies and other processed foods like nutrition bars and snacks.
Contact Encore Fruit Marketing today for product samples and information on varietal grape juice concentrate at www.encorefruit.com or
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