Colloquial term for grape varieties which, in contrast to wine grapes, are mainly grown as eating grapes for fresh consumption or for the production of raisins. In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans already bred special varieties with particularly sweet and large berries, which were the most popular and most important fruit not only among the propertied classes (along with figs) but also among the common people. They were used not only for consumption but also as sweeteners for food and drink. In 2014, a total of 747 million quintals (100 kg) of grapes were produced worldwide. of these, 418 (56%) were used as wine grapes for wine and grape juice and non-fermented intermediates such as RTK, and 329 (44%) as eating grapes, i.e. table grapes and raisins.