Originating in Smyrna, Turkey, this small, pale golden-green grape was once used to make wine. Today, however, it's cultivated primarily for raisins. Its offspring in the United States is known as the Thompson seedless grape. See also raisin.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.