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The white grape variety originates from Egypt. Synonyms are Bel el Anza and Fajoumi Jaune. It is named after the ancient oasis of Al-Fayoum south of Cairo. It is said that Greek colonists introduced viticulture there at the time of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC). Today, the city of the same name is located there in the centre of the oasis-like, fertile Fayoum Basin, which is connected to the Nile via the Bahr Yusuf (Joseph's Canal). The province is known for figs and grapes of excellent quality. According to legend, this is where the Chasselas variety originated. Fayoumi should not be confused with this variety. The variety is used exclusively as table grape.

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