Grapes grow well in Idaho and are harvested September through October. Look for grapes at your local farmers market.
One cup of grapes is only 62 calories, contains vitamin C and potassium and is fat free and cholesterol free.
Grapes are naturally sweet, easy to snack on. Slice grapes in half lengthwise or quarters for children to avoid choking.
Choose firm, plump grapes. Those that are firmly attached to the vine are best. Discard brown or shriveled grapes. Rinse with cool water just before eating. Grapes come in many colors including red, black, pink, yellow, purple or green. They may contain seeds or may be seedless.
Storage: store unwashed grapes in a vented plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Uses for grapes:
Grapes can be dried, canned or frozen, or made into juice or jelly. Grape leaves are also used in a variety of cuisines. You can roast, saute or grill these great fruits!
Grapes are thought to have first grown 7000 years ago in Iran. Spanish friars brought European grapes in the 1700’s and planted them in California. California’s climate was great for growing grapes and they are the leading grape growing state today.