Grapes are now at their peak (available every season May – January!).
Grapes of all colors – red, black and green – are a natural source of beneﬁcial antioxidants and other polyphenols. One serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium, and also provide potassium and are a good source of vitamin K.
The sweet, satisfying fruit that you enjoyed all summer can be a part of your fall and winter healthy eating routine too! Everyone enjoys grapes fresh off the vine, but they can also be added to your favorite fall snacks and recipes for a colorful twist and nutritional boost. From salads and smoothies to sandwiches and sweets.
Here are some tips from the Grapes from California website to get the most from your fruit.
In the store: Selection
Look for grapes with green, pliable stems and plump berries. See a powdery-white coating on the grapes? That’s bloom and it’s good! Bloom is a naturally occurring substance that protects grapes from moisture loss and decay.
Green, red, or black…which color should you choose? Try them all to experience different flavors and textures.
At home: Storage
Grapes keep for up to two weeks when stored and handled properly. Follow a few simple steps and you’ll be able to enjoy every grape on the bunch.
– Grapes should always be refrigerated to maximize shelf life.
– Store unwashed; rinse just before serving or adding to a recipe.
– Like most berries, they tend to absorb odors. Try to avoid storing them next to things like green onions or leeks.
Here are some recipes that use grapes in different ways:
Chicken with Roasted Grapes
Baked desserts and sides:
Grape Bread Pudding
Grape Cranberry Sauce