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Grape

Grape

Grapes are one of the most popular fruits around the world alongside bananas and tomatoes. Moreover, there are 8,000 kinds of grapes from up to 60 different species. Grapes are considered a type of berry.

Since they are low in calories, grapes are a great snack. Grapes are often used in jam recipes due to their sweet & tart flavor profile.

Grapes have a leathery texture and their flesh is similar to that of a blueberry. Grapes come in a wonderful ombre of colors ranging from green, red, and yellow, to pink and purple.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Select grapes that are plump, firmly attached to the stems, and with no variation in color.

Store unwashed grapes in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Clever Uses

Use frozen grapes in place of ice cubes.

Food Science

Grapes help minimize the risk of heart attack because they increase the levels of nitric acid in the blood; this acid prevents blood clots.

Grapes are well suited to winemaking because of the ratio of sugar to water. Additionally, yeast naturally occurs in grape skins and yeast helps convert grape sugar to alcohol during fermentation.

Cooking Tips

Remove grapes from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

Before eating, wash them thoroughly and use a paper towel to pat dry.

Grapes can be used in salads, pies, or other desserts; or frozen, as a garnish or a snack.

Make sweet kebabs with chunks of pineapple, strawberries, grapes and any other fruit you like. Serve with a yogurt dip.

For a unique salad, roast grapes and serve them with greens and balsamic vinaigrette.

Health Benefits

Grapes, grape juice and wine all contain antioxidants called polyphenols, including flavonoids and resveratrol. These antioxidants may help lower your risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood clots and heart disease.

Grapes contain low levels of chоlеstеrоl, sodium and fat and are rich in vitаmins K and C.

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