grape leaves


The large green leaves of the grapevine are often used by Greek and Middle Eastern cooks to wrap foods for cooking, as with dolmas. Grape leaves are not usually commercially available fresh so, unless you have a grapevine in your backyard, you'll probably have to buy canned grape leaves packed in brine. They should be rinsed before using to remove some of the salty flavor. Fresh grape leaves must be simmered in water for about 10 minutes to soften them enough to be pliable. In addition to wrapping foods, grape leaves can be used as decorations or garnishes, or in salads. Also called vine leaves.

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.

Next Up

In Season: Grapes

Grapes are in season right now. Get them fresh off the vine and try some of our favorite ways to prepare them.

Market Watch: Grapes

Locally grown grapes look different than anything I’ve seen at the grocery store. I picked some up this week to see what they were all about.

Why We Love Broccoli Leaves

The opportunities to cook with broccoli leaves are endless.

Market Watch: Brussels Sprout Leaves

Learn about a unique find from the farmers market: Brussels sprout leaves.

30 Days of Grapes

Who knew you could do so many healthy and delicious things with grapes - check out all 30 of them!

Spotlight Recipe: Spiced Chicken & Grape Skewers

If you're already prepping a menu for your Super Bowl bash, add these nibblers to your list. The zesty kabobs cook up nicely on an indoor grill pan and will leave your guests thinking of summer barbecues, not winter's chilly temperatures.

Smoothie of the Month: Concord Grape

Make this fall smoothie from cashews and Concord grapes. More healthy recipes like these at Food Network.

Salmon With Roasted Grapes and Thyme

Serve oven-baked salmon with a tasty-yet-unexpected accompaniment: roasted grapes.

Market Watch: Mars and Jupiter Grapes

Get an astronomy lesion and after school snack wrapped into one with these incredibly gorgeous grapes – in season now.

Related Pages