Enjoy grapes year round thanks to Grapes from Chile. Find Grapes from Chile available in the Produce department of your nearest King Kullen.
Grapes are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and folate. In addition, grapes offer a number of essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and selenium. Vitamin A is essential to bone growth, maintains a healthy immune system and aids in healthy vision. Vitamin C aids in a healthy immune system, helping your body ward off colds and other illnesses. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in turning food into energy and helping the body metabolize fats and proteins. B6 also keeps hair, skin, liver and eyes healthy. Grapes are also low in fat; a one-cup serving is about 100 calories.
When selecting grapes at the supermarket, be sure to choose grapes that are firm and plump, as well as firmly attached to the stems. Stems should be green and flexible, rather than dry and brittle. Green grapes should have a yellowish hue while red grapes should be dark purple in color. Once you bring the grapes home, store them without washing to avoid mold and rot. Wash them as you eat them – running them under cool water is all it takes. Store them in the bag they came in. These bags were made to protect the grapes while also allowing them to breathe. The holes in the bag allow ventilation so moisture can escape.
If berries won’t be eaten within the 10 days, freeze them! Wash grapes, dry them well with paper towels, remove stems and place in the freezer. Add a handful of frozen grapes to a morning smoothie!
Here are some recipes, courtesy of Fruits from Chile.
Start your morning with Roasted Chilean Grape Granola Yogurt Bowl.
3 cups fresh Chilean red seedless grapes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups 2% plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons orange zest
1-1/2 cups granola of choice
– Preheat oven to 425°F.
– Toss grapes with oil and salt and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
– Roast until the grapes have begun to burst, about 10-15 minutes.
– Stir together yogurt, honey and orange zest.
– Divide yogurt among serving bowls and top with granola and roasted grapes.
One of Fruits from Chile’s most popular grape recipes is the Brie and Chilean Grapes Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Get creative the next time you’re in the mood for a grilled cheese.
12 slices Applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1/2 stick butter, unsalted, soft
8 slices sourdough bread
3/4 pound Brie, sliced
1/2 pound Chilean grapes, cut in half
1 ounce arugula
To taste, salt and freshly ground pepper
– Spread butter on one sides of each of the sliced bread.
– Layer the un-buttered sides of 4 of the bread slices with equal amounts of Brie, chopped bacon, grapes and arugula.
– Top with remaining bread slices, buttered sides up.
– Cook sandwiches on a griddle until Brie has melted and the bread is golden brown on each side.
– Slice in half and serve.