Grapes were part of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and
Romans and were celebrated in what is claimed to be the worlds first
recipe book, of Culinary Matters by Roman culinary expert Marcus Gavius
Apicus. Grapes continue to be popular with home cooks and
professional chefs alike because of their complimenting flavors and ease
of preparation. Spanish Mission Fathers transplanted grape vines to
California, which flourished commercially by 1860. Today California
provides nearly all of the eating grapes enjoyed in
the United States, though grapes grown for the wine industry account for
80% of the total crop. Crops grown in Mexico
and Chili make it possible to enjoy fresh grapes all year.
Select Plump grapes with a
bloom; the stems should not be brittle. Ripe grapes are highly perishable
and should be refrigerated.
Market Forms Fresh; in
jellies; grape juices in cans and bottles; and fermented as wines and
Serve Cold as a fruit, in
salads, as decorations, or frosted; in all "Veronique" dishes. Hot or
cooked in stuffing, sauces, with liver and ham, in jellies, juices.
Complimentary Condiments and Flavors Sole,
poultry, fruit salads, cantaloupe.
Nutrition 1/2 cup grapes = 55