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In addition to an easy snack, grapes are such a versatile ingredient. The stunning colors and subtle flavors of fresh grapes make them an ideal addition to your family's meals. They add vibrancy, juiciness, sweet flavor and crunchy texture to appetizers, salads, main dishes, sauces, desserts and even pizza.
Why Everyone Loves Fresh Grapes:
- They’re a quick, convenient, crowd-pleasing snack. Grapes are a portable, low-calorie snack ideal anytime, anywhere. Rinse a bunch, pack small clusters in containers and refrigerate for a grab-and-go snack. Or, freeze grapes either on or off the stem for a cooling treat that's a fresh alternative to ice cream. Kids and grapes are a natural combination and parents know grapes are a healthy alternative to processed snack foods.
- Grapes are a flavorful way to enhance your health. Researchers around the world are finding links between eating fresh California grapes and preventing illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
- Grapes make a remarkable drink. Making your own fresh grape juice is easy. Blend and strain or blend with ice for a richer texture and you and your guests will be amazed at the clean, crisp taste. Perfect by itself or mixed in a creative cocktail.
- They taste great. Grapes are considered berries with an average of 100 per bunch. Consumption continues to increase because fresh grapes make sense to those who seek great taste, freshness, visual appeal and ease of preparation.
RECIPES: Use Grapes in Everything From Drinks to Sides to Dessert
The use of fruit as an ingredient is a continuing trend in today's cuisine so grapes now accent more menus than ever before. California grapes are now available almost year round (May to February) so take advantage of their availability and versatility by trying these grape recipes:
Flowering Tree Cocktail Featuring Grapes from California
Zahra Bates, a mixologist at Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles, created this cocktail by muddling and skewering grapes to resemble a tree in bloom.
Roasted Grape Risotto With Hazelnuts and La Tur Cheese
This comforting, creamy side dish with a bit of crunch was developed by Holly Smith, chef and owner of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, Wash.
Pig's Liver Creme Caramel With Roasted Grapes and Crispy Bacon
Try pork like you've never had it before — as dessert! — with this dish by Brad Farmerie, executive chef of Public Restaurant in New York City.