Vine Fruits

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Vine fruits are derived from fresh grapes and have a long history in production, trade, and culinary use. In ideal conditions the fruit of Vitis vinifera will desiccate naturally on the vine and would have been gathered in prehistory before being developed and cultivated as a major trade item. Production and export are now dominated by Turkey and the United Sates, which account for half the world trade. The market demand for vine fruits has become very diverse, reflecting the globalization of baked goods and confectionery that often rely on them for their character.