Grapes

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Foods Included

Red, Green, Purple

Description

Grapes are a sweet, round fruit that grow in clusters on vines. They may be red, black, dark blue, yellow, blue, orange or pink.

Buy It

  • When possible, buy bunches of grapes that are wrapped in plastic bags and kept in a refrigerated section.
  • Look for plump grapes that are firmly attached to green stems.
  • Avoid soft, wrinkled, or leaking grapes and bunches of grapes with brown stems or very light colored areas around the stems.

Store It

  • Pull off any spoiled grapes and throw them away.
  • Store unwashed grapes in a plastic bag and put in the refridgerator for up to 1 week.

Cook It

  • Clean grapes just before serving by rinsing the grapes under cool running water. Drain fruit on paper towels or in a clean strainer. Leave the bunch of grapes whole or cut into smaller sections to serve.
  • If the grapes have seeds, you can remove them as you eat or cut the grapes in half and take the seeds out with the tip of a knife.
  • Serve grapes fresh, alone, or in salads.
  • They can also be added to cooked recipes or made into jams and jellies.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong.
  • Vitamins C and K help our bodies heal quickly.
 

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