Sea Grapes, or Coccoloba uvifera, are a flowering plant in the buckwheat family. It is native to coastal beaches throughout America and the Caribbean. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 7-26 feet.
Sea Grapes are very salt tolerant, wind resistant, and can stand some shade but prefer full sun. They are unable to survive frost. The nutritional value of Sea Grapes is thought to be similar to other purple grapes, being rich in copper, iron, potassium and manganese.
They are also a good source of vitamins A, B, C, K and beta carotene. Grapes are always known to be healthy and is good for overall health, sea grape is a sea weed, that’s why we believe that sea grapes have a high nutritional value and we believe that from eating sea grapes we could be able to prevent ourselves from having goitre.
The sap of the sea grape is used in the West Indies and Jamaica for dyeing and tanning of leather. Sea grapes look like evergreens with a good-looking, golden-brown woof that tends to unwrap. These trees are about 15 to 21 feet in tallness, even capable of reaching up to 30 foot. Sea grapes have got a pretty good growth rate.
The fruit itself is grape like although a bit tougher than the ordinary grape and it has one large seed as opposed to several small ones. They remain green and hard for a long time but eventually one by one they change to their mature deep purple colour.
They hang in bunches, each one with a single seed, and are about the size of regular grapes. When fully mature, they become soft and have a sweet-sour taste making them great for use in jams and jellies. It is possible to make an alcoholic beverage made from the grapes, similar to wine.
Besides eating such fruits they also provide benefits to the medicine areas, especially in areas of Mexico. Its juice helps people to treat digestive problems and as well as many other diseases. This plant is also named as manzana and kiiche.