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A Grape (Cookbook)

By Allison Burch, September 18, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch

GrapesUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winners Shea Fox, William Radkovich, Jennifer Essad, Koren Feinstein, and Carol Martell!

My son has a picture book where a group of animal friends find a treasure map. They run into some trouble – their canoe tips over, they cross a rickety rope bridge, they go through a spooky cave – before they finally get to the spot where the treasure should be. Instead they find a big fruit tree.  That’s when they realize the fruit is the treasure!

That’s how I feel when I walk into the produce section and I see those glistening bunches of red, green and dark, dark purple grapes piled high, like gems overflowing from a treasure chest. It’s when I eat them that I realize what a sweet treasure they really are.

Organic grapes are at their juicy, irresistible peak in Autumn. During this time of year, the organic grapes in our stores hail from California’s Central Valley. Grown without the use of toxic persistent pesticides by farmers who are committed to sustainable agriculture practices, grapes thrive in this region’s deep, fertile soils and plentiful sunshine. Here’s a blog post from last spring that goes into detail about what you get when you buy organic.

Sonoma Chicken SaladAnd who doesn’t love grapes? If you can keep yourself from gobbling them up right away, they can be used in all kinds of recipes. Our Sonoma Chicken Salad is one of our most requested store recipes. We’ve shared a number of glorious grape recipes in this recent blog post, but we want to share even more!

That’s why we’re giving away a copy of Susan Volland’s cookbook Green Black Red: Recipes for cooking and enjoying California grapes to five lucky readers, courtesy of the California Table Grape Commission.

Green Black Red cookbookFrom innovative drinks like Grape Bubble Milk Tea and Grape and Green Tea Smoothies to entertaining dishes like Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Grape Skewers to kid-friendly fare like the Fresh Trail Mix made of grapes, Cheddar and nuts, Susan covers it all. I can’t decide which I’ll make first, the Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes, or the Edamame and Green Grape Salad.

If any of this sounds “grape!” to you, share what you love about organic grapes in the comments below by October 3rd. We’ll pick five winners at random to receive a copy of Green Black Red.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

Category: Produce




Shannon Smith says ...
Organic Grapes = Organic Wine! Grapes are my favorite fruit, especially paired with my second favorite"food", wine (haha) and this cookbook sounds fantastic!!!!! I would LOVE a copy :) With all the Whole Foods organic grapes I have in my fridge at any given time, it definitely would not go to waste! Shannon Smith Toronto, ON
09/18/2012 10:17:26 PM CDT
Caitlyn Kwiatkowski says ...
I love the complexity and uniqueness of grape dishes. From stuffed grape leaves, to wine, to grape jelly, they are always delicious!
09/18/2012 11:16:27 PM CDT
Melanie says ...
I can't wait to try some California organic grapes. And what a great giveaway! I love trying new recipes and would love to own a copy of the cookbook!
09/18/2012 11:24:56 PM CDT
Eliana Sarrou says ...
I am Mediterrenean so grapes have always been a stable in my diet! I love how versatile they can be. I eat them frozen as snacks, as a topping on ice cream, in grilled chicken salad and so much more!!
09/19/2012 2:51:19 AM CDT
Marissa says ...
I love organic grapes straight out of the bag. I also like grapes mixed in a cold salad with goat cheese and red onions. The grapes at the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the cheese and the onion!
09/19/2012 7:37:45 AM CDT
Kelly says ...
Awesome giveaway! Currently, one of my favorite things to do with organic grapes is freeze them and then have frozen grapes as dessert! I am also excited to try the Sonoma Chicken Salad but replace the Chicken with Tofu!
09/19/2012 7:47:42 AM CDT
Carrie says ...
I absolutely love grapes! They make a great snack on their own, and I love freezing them for a healthy dessert.
09/19/2012 8:51:01 AM CDT
Joan says ...
I love the clean fresh taste of organic grapes. I'd love to have some great grape recipes.
09/19/2012 9:59:32 AM CDT
gail says ...
love how they can be a sweet treat by freezing them
09/19/2012 11:52:50 AM CDT
Joe says ...
Although I am cautious when purchasing organic grapes due to the possibility of spiders entering my home. A quick soaking in water to remove any insects is the best insurance. Consuming the sweet nectar of an organic grape is overpowering. Knowing that there are no insecticides and pesticides add to the experience.
09/19/2012 12:05:23 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
I love organic grapes cold from the fridge. They're the perfect combination of sweet, juicy, and just a little bit tart!
09/19/2012 1:49:58 PM CDT
Kristin Boggs says ...
would like to win this!
09/19/2012 3:01:18 PM CDT
Lisa Hombach says ...
I LOVE all kinds of grapes, especially Organic because it makes me feel better about what I'm putting into my body. Over the past few years I've been eating healthier and find that the Organics really do make a difference. And try to find ways to incorporate them in just about everything!!! And when I can't have grapes with my meal, I have wine!!! Another great way to get my dose of grapes!!!
09/19/2012 3:03:14 PM CDT
Amy says ...
I like knowing exactly what I am putting in my body, which is why I buy organic. A favorite snack of mine, since I was a little girl, is frozen green grapes. Delish!
09/19/2012 3:06:22 PM CDT
Maureen Abbott says ...
I love love love grapes of any kind. Use them a lot in smoothies for my 14 y/o super picky eater. He loves them too. Never have used them in a salad, but sounds pretty yummy
09/19/2012 3:07:41 PM CDT
Sara says ...
I love grapes, can't have enough of them. I love them because they are so versatile, and then they can be sweet, tart, soft or hard, there is enough for everyone's taste. I personally would like to try and bake a sweet focaccia stuffed with red grapes, or "focaccia all'uva", traditional from Tuscany..... so yummy! Sara
09/19/2012 3:08:00 PM CDT
xstian Kennedy Rodrigues says ...
I love using the RED AND GREEN. I make a COUS COUS CHICKEN SALAD. I use your average box of cous cous. (generally a mild flavor of herb) I combine that with, Shredded garlic and italian herb poached chicken, RED AND GREEN GRAPES....sometimes I really like the champagne grapes the best with edamame, green onions, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. and top it with some toasted almonds.. IT ROCKS!!!! Served cold or warm (if warm add grapes last). The grapes gives it this refreshing burst of flavor and texture to the salad.
09/19/2012 3:08:31 PM CDT
Jamie Hewitson says ...
I love the juicy cool organic grapes incorporated into my morning juice. The invigorating taste is great, but I know that I am getting the antioxidants I need as well.
09/19/2012 3:10:07 PM CDT
xstian kennedy rodrigues says ...
Allyson when do or how do we know if we posted the right thing? well you contact us? I mean I have a "habit" of forgetting I did things like this..LOL thank you Xstian
09/19/2012 3:13:00 PM CDT
Jennifer Chamberlain says ...
Grapes=A delectable low-calorie snack! :)
09/19/2012 3:14:54 PM CDT
Helen says ...
Grape bubble milk tea?? I want to learn how to make that!
09/19/2012 3:21:58 PM CDT
Pamela Lawson says ...
love some crisp grapes
09/19/2012 3:22:33 PM CDT
Elizabeth Sasseman says ...
Organic grapes can cure: Asthma, Heart Disease, Migraines, Constipation, Indigestion, Fatigue, Kidney Disorders, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Bad Blood Cholesterol. What better reason is there to incorporate organic grapes into your diet than this?
09/19/2012 3:23:50 PM CDT
Christy metting says ...
I love that I can give organic grapes to my daughter to quench her sweet tooth and not worry about pesticides! I love organic grapes that are turned into wine!!!!
09/19/2012 3:25:08 PM CDT
Christy metting says ...
I love that I can give organic grapes to my daughter to quench her sweet tooth and not worry about pesticides! I love organic grapes that are turned into wine!!!!
09/19/2012 3:25:12 PM CDT