100 Foods: Grapes

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Grapes

 

So we all know what grapes are. They come in many shapes and varieties and are grown throughout the world in various growing zones. The oldest known cultivation of grapes is from Georgia (the country, sorry South Eastern US) around 8,000 years ago. There are tons of colors that grapes can come in and it really depends on the type of grapes as to which color, shape and quantity you will get.

Grapes are high in Vitamin C and K. They are also high in resveratrol which has been linked to inhibiting cancer heart disease, some nerve diseases, viral infections and some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

How can you eat these grapes?

Table Grapes: Grapes eaten raw (approximately 15% sugar); seedless grapes are in this category and lack the majority of health benefits as they do not have the enrichment from the grape seed.

Wine Grapes: Grapes used in the production of wine/vinegar (approximately 25% sugar)

Raisin: Any dried grape… although in French the word raisin just means grape… I guess we were confused somewhere in time

Sultanas: a dried  Turkish/Thompson Seedless grape… although in today’s market it could just be any variety of white grape or a bleached (gross) red grape.

Currant: a dried Zante Black Corinth grape… unless you actually have a currant which could be a blackcurrant or a redcurrent (both are not related to grapes).

How do you like your grapes?

~Emme

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