Grapes mentioned in Quran and its remarkable health benefits

How many fruits are mentioned in Quran?

There are several verses in Quran talking about the 6 fruits of Paradise, including; dateolivepomegranategrapebanana, and fig.

1. Grape mentioned in Quran

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It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe. (Quran 6:99)


And within the land are neighboring plots and gardens of grapevines and crops and palm trees, [growing] several from a root or otherwise, watered with one water; but We make some of them exceed others in [quality of] fruit. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason. (Quran 13:4)


Or you have a garden of date-palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush forth in their midst abundantly. (Quran 17:91)


And put forward to them the example of two men; unto one of them We had given two gardens of grapes, and We had surrounded both with date-palms; and had put between them green crops (cultivated fields etc.). (Quran 18:32)


Then We brought forth for you therewith gardens of date-palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you, and whereof you eat. (Quran 23:19)


And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. (Quran 36:34)


Would one of you like to have a garden of palm trees and grapevines underneath which rivers flow in which he has from every fruit? But he is afflicted with old age and has weak offspring, and it is hit by a whirlwind containing fire and is burned. Thus does Allah make clear to you [His] verses that you might give thought. (Quran 2:266)


Gardens and grapevines. (Quran 78:32)

2. History of Grapes

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Grapes have a long and abundant history. While they’ve grown wild since prehistoric times, evidence suggests they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 BC. Grapes were also pictured in hieroglyphics in ancient Egyptian burial tombs. During the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, grapes were revered for their use in winemaking.

3. Worldwide use of Grapes

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Around this time, over 90 varieties of grapes were already known. Worldwide, about 30,000 square miles of land are planted with grapes, resulting in the annual production of 150 trillion pounds of grapes.

Grape production in five countries: Italy, China, Spain, and France accounts for about half of all commercial production, and about one-third of all world vineyards are found in the three countries of Italy, Spain, and France. Other important grape producing countries include Turkey, Chile, Argentina, Iran, South Africa, and Australia.

4. Nutrients in Grapes

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Grape is one of the best natural sources for glucose and fructose. Theses sugars constitute 20% of grape. Beside sugars, grape contains tartaric acid and malic acid.

There are high amounts of minerals, such as Na, K, Ca, and Fe, in grape; but its protein and fat is negligible. Grape is useful for skin and eye diseases.

5. Health benefits Grapes

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5.1 Removes weariness and Fights Anemia

About 20-25% of their content is sugar, which quickly enters the bloodstream. Therefore it is good for those who make physical and mental efforts, for it removes physical and mental weariness and fights anemia.

5.2 Good for liver, kidney and digestive system

The plentiful amount of iron and sugar contained within each grape also fosters blood production and acts as a natural medicine for liver, kidney, and digestive system diseases. They stimulate the kidneys and help them excrete such waste matters as urea.

5.3 Lowers high blood pressure and inflammation

By discharging the body’s excess water, grapes lower high blood pressure. Patients with stomach ulcers, gastritis, joint inflammations, small intestines inflammation, rheumatism, tumid liver or spleen, as well as those who have been poisoned, are recommended to drink grape juice.

5.4 Good for heart and treating bronchitis

Grapes also strengthen the heart’s muscles, are instrumental in treating bronchitis and coughing, and enhance the skin’s beauty by purifying the blood.

5.5 Good for nursing mothers

Since it increases the secretion of milk, nursing mothers are advised to drink grape juice. Some chemicals found in grapes even decrease the probability of skin cancer.

5.6 Good for Hydration

Grapes are high in water content and good for hydration. High-water-content fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense, meaning they provide a large amount of essential nutrients while containing few calories.

6. References

  1. Hamid Farhangi, Maryam Ajilian,Masumeh Saeidi,Gholam Hasan Khodaei – Medicinal Fruits in Holy Quran
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