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The Mighty Grape Featured

Written by  Brenna Lindsey
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grapesGrapes are an easy and fun snack year-round! Like watermelon, grapes are another fruit that is healthy for you and helps you to stay hydrated. Whenever my parents and I go to the beach in the summertime, Mom always packs grapes in our cooler. They are easy to pull off the stem and pop in to your mouth. In the Fall, Mom, Dad and I peel grapes for Halloween parties and use them as floating "eye balls" in fruit punch. Frozen grapes are a fantastic anytime treat as well! 

Grapes can be eaten raw, or used to make several products such as jellies, jams, juices, raisins, wine and oils. Grapes grow on a vine and are high in vitamin K, copper and vitamin B2. Research has shown they are good for your heart, your brain and your immune system! It is best to store your grapes in the refrigerator when they are not being eaten.

Different varieties of grapes are grown on every continent, except Antarctica. They were first grown in Asia during prehistoric times and were first planted in North America by the Spanish in the 1700’s! In the United States, most table grapes are grown in California with the harvesting season beginning in June each year. There are many varieties of grapes which can range in color from green, red, purple and blue-black. My favorite are the red grapes, which can be very sweet.

How to make frozen grapes:frozen grapes

1. Wash your grapes thoroughly and remove from the stem, lightly pat dry to remove some water

2. Place in a small bowl or ziplock bag and lightly coat all the grapes with sugar or stevia

3. Place in the freezer for about 1 - 2 hours

4. Remove from the freezer, let sit for a minute or two, and enjoy!

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