Grapes are the perfect snack –– crisp, sweet and only 90 calories per 3/4 cup serving. Grapes are also very juicy, making them a welcome source of hydration as outdoor activities and temperatures increase.
Grapes are always ripe and ready-to-eat with no peeling and no seeds. Plus, grapes of all colors are a delicious source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, and research suggests that grapes support heart health.
All grapes are fully ripe when they arrive at the supermarket. Simply look for plump grapes with pliable green stems. Once home, keep your grapes unwashed and refrigerated in a plastic bag until ready to use, then rinse with cold water and serve.
Fresh grapes also add color, crunch and a light touch of sweetness to snacks and meals. Toss them into yogurt, or nearly any kind of salad. Create grape and cheese skewers for an easy appetizer. For a cool summer treat, freeze your grapes: just rinse them, pat them dry and place them in the freezer for two hours. The result is like sweet bursts of sorbet.