5 Ways to Enjoy California Table Grapes
Oh, yum. It's grape season - sweet little orbs of juicy goodness in a nifty package. California table grapes come in three basic colors: green (sometimes called white), red, and blue-black. More than 50 kinds of table grapes are currently in production, but this list describes the major varieties. Each variety has a distinct color, taste, texture and history. Today, California wine, table grapes and raisins are all important agricultural commodities, with approximately 700,000 acres planted in vineyards. In the United States, 99 percent of commercially grown table grapes are from California. Here are some ways to really enjoy table grapes through the season:
- Remove from their stems and freeze 'em! Great for a cool refreshing snack.
- Get the kids to eat more fruits and veggies by creating cheese cubes, cantaloupe cubes, and grape kabobs for after-school snacks.
- Add grape halves and chopped nuts to couscous or quinoa for sweetness and texture. Delicious!
- Toss a grape, goat cheese, and spinach salad or mix field greens with grapes and cooked shrimp. Mix up your own vinaigrette with olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and herbs of your choice.
- Make a good old chicken salad sandwich with chopped grapes, celery, and a touch of tarragon and mayonnaise.
Enjoy seasonal table grapes through December. They're full of antioxidants and especially potassium with 25% of your daily requirement in a 3/4 cup serving. For great recipes and more information visit the California Table Grape Commission.