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Wild grapes grow everywhere and they are edible, both the berries and the leaves. They come in green, black, purple, red, and white, clustered in bunches. They help destroy disease-causing viruses, bacteria, cancer. Excellent and effective cleansers for skin, liver, intestines and kidneys. They discourage the formation of mucus in the gut. High in magnesium, stimulates kidney and bladder, soothing to nervous system, dark grapes are high in iron. used for stomach issues, liver problems, digestive issues like diarrhea, rheumatism etc Grape leaves are a year-round source of food, so even if the grapes themselves are not in season, the leaves are just as edible. Leaves can be eaten raw, used in salads, smoothies and are made into tea for nutrition(food source),. You can plant a little tiny grape plant or even a branch "cutting" from someone else's grape plant, stick it in the ground and and get a monster grape vine growing on your property that will grow like crazy and supply you with a lifetime of food. Raw foodist Ronnie Skurow likes to use grape leaves as wraps. Good cell and blood builders. Grape Seed extract (Pycnogenol) -also in Pine bark , contain a powerful class of highly active bioflavonoids composed of polyphenols that destroy free radicals, double blood vessel strength, improve circulation, joint flexibility, defend collagen destruction, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, protect brain cells and slow the aging process. Be conscious of what kind of grape you are growing. The Muscodine grape for example, doesn't require any spraying and are low-care. If you see signs of bugs eating leaves and fruit, it usually means the plant is not poisonous. All grapes are edible, but make sure there are multiple seeds inside. Avoid grape-like plants with only one seed, these are Moonseed and are poisonous. The leaves of moonseed are not toothed like grape leaves and the fruit is black. Grapes and raisins can cause renal and kidney failure in dogs.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz