Colloquial name for grape varieties which, unlike wine grapes, are mainly grown as eating grapes for fresh consumption or for the production of raisins. Even the Greeks and Romans in ancient times bred special varieties with particularly sweet and large berries, which were the most popular and important fruit not only among the owners (besides the figs) but also among the common people. They were used not only for consumption but also as a sweetener for food and drink. In 2014 a total of 747 million quintals (100 kg) of grapes were produced worldwide. 418 (56%) of these were used as wine grapes for wine and grape juice and unfermented intermediate products such as RTK, and 329 (44%) as eating grapes, i.e. table grapes and raisins.