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Great Ways to Enjoy Grapes

I adore this fruit. They are just simply, a fruit you have to have more of, I mean whoever heard of eating 1 and being satisfied. With the credit crunch and costs going up, buying grapes can become very expensive. However they are a great versatile fruit to compliment your 5 recommended portions.

First select grapes that are fresh and plump. They should be uniform in colour without brown spots and they should not drop-off the stem, but yield after pulling slightly.

Eat them straightaway or store them unwashed in a clear plastic bag or container, separate from other fruit and vegetables in the drawer in your refrigerator.

When you are ready to eat them, wash with cool water and drain before serving. Preserving them this way will allow you to store them for longer. This is ideal if, like me you purchase large quantities.

Wash them carefully in cool water before using or eating. Like I mentioned before, they are very versatile, you can cut them in half and add them to salads, mix with yogurt, add them to cereals or even use them as a garnish.

They make a delicious snack when eaten frozen.

To freeze your grapes, first wash and dry them by patting with kitchen towel. Place a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Check to see if your tray will actually fit first. When they are frozen solid pack them in air-tight freezer bags. If you pack them in small portions, then when you fancy a snack you can just pull out one of your small bags and munch away.
Did you know:
A cupful of red or green grapes contains only 90 - 100 calories

Two recent reports indicate that substances called anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which give Concord grape juice its rich colour, may aid the slow growth of breast-cancer tumours. The same pigments may also help prevent short-term memory loss.

Happy grape eating!

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