Harvest of the Month: Grapes
A member of the berry family, grapes can be eaten raw or used for making jam, juice, jelly, vinegar, oil, and raisins. Grapes come in a handful of colors including black, red, yellow, and green. Eating grapes can treat indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, and also help prevent cataracts. Grapes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and B6.
How to Select
Grapes should be firm, plump, and securely attached to the stems. Avoid wet, moldy, or shriveled berries. Grapes at their freshest will have green, flexible stems versus dry and brittle ones. Color is a good indicator of flavor quality. Green grapes are sweetest when they’re yellow-green in color. Red grapes are best when berries are predominantly red. Black grapes will be most flavorful when they have a full, rich color.
How to Store
Grapes are best kept in the refrigerator, and it is recommended to put them toward the back where it is colder. Grapes should also be kept away from odorous foods, as they can absorb scent. Be careful to store them where they will not be squished and avoid rinsing until you are ready to eat them, as the extra moisture will speed up the decaying process.
How to Prepare
After rinsing, grapes can be eaten right off the vine. You can also freeze grapes and save them to eat later, add to smoothies, or use as ice cubes.
Try grapes in Chicken Salad.