The national fruit of Spain is grapes. It is believed that grapes are the national fruit of Spain because over 400 varieties of this fruit can be grown in Spain. Most of these grapes are used in wine production. Most of the grapes used to make wine come from the following types of grapes: Galicia, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Parellada, Macabeo, and Palomino. Grapes also have cultural significance in Spain. During the New Year celebrations, 12 grapes are consumed one at a time represent the 12 months of the year. This signifies prosperity in the New Year and a way to seek protection from evil.
The grape is the national fruit of Spain. This is probably because over 400 varietals of grapes are grown in Spain for wine production. The grape has also come into cultural significance when celebrating New Year's. As the clock strikes midnight which signals a new year, 12 gongs are hit methodically. With each gong strike, a grape is eaten by celebrants.
Each grape is significant to a month, as well as a particular meaning. The most common meaning behind consuming the grapes is prosperity in each month. However, eating the grapes are also said to bring luck and ward off evil spirits.
The national fruit of Spain is grapes. This is probably because Spain is abundant to a variety of native grapes which are commonly used to make wines. There are approximately over 400 varieties of grapes planted throughout Spain, but 80% of its production comes from 20 types of grapes such as Tempranillo, Monastrell, Palomino, Galicia, Parellada and Macabeo.
Archeologists believe that grapes were first planted sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC long before the Phoenicians introduced their wine-growing culture to the world. Spain has a total area of 505,990 square kilometers and a population of more than 46 million people. Its flag symbolizes the red carnation flower and the coat of arms which has two crown-topped Pillars of Hercules and banners displaying their motto “Plus Ultra” that means “Further Beyond” in English.