Add juicy grapes to your shopping list for January.
Plump sweet grapes make an ideal low-GI snack for summer. They’re 80% water, contain lots of fibre and are high in vitamin C.
There are many varieties of grapes available in Australia, with different coloured skins and with or without seeds. The most popular are the light greeny-yellow Thompson and Menindee Seedless, both of which have a sweet flavour. Red Globe grapes are pinkish-red, large, round and seeded. If you prefer seedless red grapes, try Crimson seedless. They’re light to dark red with firm, crisp flesh and a slightly tart flavour.
Go for grapes that are firmly attached to their stem and feel heavy for their size. Avoid any with overly soft, wrinkled or bruised skin, or dried-out stems.
To keep grapes fresh, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll last a few weeks this way. If you eat them chilled they’re slightly more crisp, meaning the juice bursts out when you bite them!
Simply wash grapes and eat on their own as a yummy snack. Add to your breakfast cereal, yoghurt, or slice and mix into cakes. Grapes are a great addition to salads and platters.
3 ways with grapes
Try these yummy fruit skewers Thread pieces of watermelon, grapes, apple and orange onto skewers. Serve with low-fat natural yoghurt for a fresh dessert, or add to a cheese and crackers platter for something a little different.
Add grapes to a salad Slice red or green grapes and add to a couscous salad with slivered almonds, reduced-fat feta, baby spinach and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Make an indulgent sweet treat Leave the stems on black grapes, dip half of each grape in melted dark chocolate and allow them to sit and chill in the fridge before eating.
Use seasonal produce whenever possible to get the most vitamins and minerals.