As summer fruits wind down, you may find some grape varieties still available. Grapes have been around since long before humans evolved, and were cultivated in our earliest civilizations. While initially grapes were used more for wine production, they have become a much loved fruit, technically they are a berry, and come in a wide variety of colors and flavors.
Grapes are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as potassium. The darker color grapes, such as concord, are rich in antioxidants, protecting the body against free radical oxygen, potentially reducing risk for cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Grapes are excellent fresh or frozen. Cut them in half before freezing, and before giving as a snack to a small child or anyone at risk for chocking. Once frozen, they are delicious as a refreshing, cold snack, added to a smoothie or sparkling water, or on top of a frozen dessert. Add them to green salad or as part of a fruit salad.
Try this refreshing sparkling water drink when you need a fancy, festive drinking option.
Add frozen grapes, in place of ice cubes, mint and a few pomegranate arils to glasses with sparkling water. Sip and enjoy!