All Things Grapes

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Grapes

Grapes are technically berries that grow in clusters on small shrubs or vines.  There are thousands of varieties of grapes, but the main classifications are white and black (red).  They can be seedless or contain seeds, sweet or acidic, used for wine, juice, or commercial purposes.  Grapes are truly one of the most versatile berries available!

What do I look for?

Look for grapes that are firmly attached to the vine, plump, and vibrant in color.  The green grape variety should be yellow/green in color with little to no blemishes.  They should be stored unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and washed when ready to eat.  Grapes are part of the “Dirty Dozen” so it is important to wash them well when ready to eat as non-organic grapes are sprayed with insecticides.  Of course, organic is always recommended over conventional.

Ways to Eat:

Grapes can be eaten out of hand, in salads, jams, jellies, pies, the list goes on!  You can find them canned, fresh, juiced, dried, and of course, in wine.  The grapes that are used to make wine are not suitable for eating as they are too acidic.  Red grapes are in general the sweetest, green grapes are semi-sweet, and grapes used to make wine and the least sweet.

Recipes:

In this Chicken, Fennel, and Grape Salad, grapes add a layer of sweetness that is perfectly complimented by the tart red wine vinegar.

Frozen grapes make the perfect snack for kids and adults alike.  Take it to the next level by dipping them in Greek yogurt and seeds for protein healthy fat.  These Greek Yogurt Grape Popsicles are completely addictive AND healthy!

These Chicken Apple Wraps are so simple and made with ingredients you probably have on hand.  Wrap your chicken and grape mixture into a piece of lettuce for an extra boost of nutrition!

Nutritional Benefits:

References:

Herbst, Sharon Tyler. Food lover’s companion: comprehensive definitions of over 7200 food, wine, and culinary terms. 5th ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2013. Print.

“Grapes.” Worlds Healthiest Foods, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=40.

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