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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.

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Holly says …

Fresh grape jam is a beautiful way to enjoy organic grapes-- making your own is worlds different than most of what you find on a shelf at many grocery stores.

Heidi Taylor says …

I love all kinds of grapes and would love more ideas on how to use them.

betty wojnar says …

I've recently switched to organic and my kids love the grapes. I love grapes that are fresh.

Aarti says …

My husband and I love grapes of all types. We especially like them fresh, added to a salad or just to be eaten as is. Not to mention, we like them as Wine too :). My husband is a huge fan of the sweet dessert wines. I always am looking for creative ways of including this antioxidant rich fruit into our diet. We do however consume it in juice and jelly forms too.

Alicia Pearlman says …

I love grapes, especially green grapes.

Julie says …

I love grapes as snacks & in lunches for my kids lunch boxes.

Diane M McCoy says …

I always thought that 'grapes were grapes.' However once I started to eat clean, I went organic. What a sweet, sweet surprise I was in for once I bit into my first ever organic grapes. I'm now a die hard organic grape groupie!

Nancy McCaig says …

Mmmm. Grapes. They make a great snack and a great dessert. I can't imagine filling a whole cookbook with recipes, though. I need to win the book to see for myself.

Cheryl Strauss says …

I always serve fresh organic grapes whenever I have a party (as long as I can get them). People love to graze on the grapes alone, or with cheese and other small plates I put out. Yum! Plus, they're gorgeous.

Wendy says …

I love grapes in all things Thank you Would love a copy of the book

kathy smith says …

What do I love about organic grapes....let me count the ways! I love their beautiful range of colors and the way they burst in your mouth with a wonderful sweetness that no other fruit can match. I love how grapes mesh so easily with a variety of foods, and enhance the dish to which they are added--be it a fruit salad, a savory chicken salad, or a snack plate of various cheeses and crackers. Grapes are the one fruit I cannot do without!

Micki Wilderspin says …

The book looks very interesting; I would love to try some of the recipes. The organic grapes available at Whole Foods are the best. Pair the two together and you have a sure recipe for success!

Carolyn Yagle says …

We love grapes in our household. Our house's biggest fan is our 3yo. Organic grapes are the only ones that are we seek!

Barbara Bibel says …

Grapes are delicious, nutritious, and low calorie. Who could ask for more? The different varieties provide unique flavors and colors.

Andrea Mathis says …

We love how crispy the organic grapes are. They are usually gone within 24 hours at our house :)

Daniel OBrien says …

GREAT

Kiaya says …

Grapes, where do I start? Grapes are wonderful in so many ways, eating them "as is", drinking them as a wine or juice, the wonderful Sonoma Chicken Salad @ Whole Foods, or Pairing with a scrumptious cheese. Other than eating or drinking, my favorite thing about grapes is when my Dad shares them with my four year old Son, they have so much fun eating grapes together. Both of my son's grandfather's are known as "Pop-Pop", in order to distinguish who is who, my Dad is know as "Pop-Pop Grapes", and so you see, this is my favorite thing about grapes. I'd love to win a recipe book so I can make some wonderful recipes, with grapes, for my son & my Dad to share. Thank You!

Anna Marie Nichols says …

They are VERY healthy for me and my family - one of the healthiest foods available. Plus they taste GREAT! Children love them, too :)

ruthizabel says …

Love grapes! We had a huge grape arbor when I was little and love the fruit and love the leaves. A couple of weeks ago I made a huge salad for a picnic using halved red grapes, chopped pecans, green onions and feta cheese over my homegrown red lettuces. To get to the picnic I mixed the grapes, pecans, onions, feta and a balsamic vinaigrette in a plastic covered bowl. At the picnic just mixed them together. To cut the grapes I sandwiched them between the bottom of one plastic qt. yogurt container and the top of another and then putting light pressure on the top lid I just sliced thru the middle of the grapes. It went SO fast and were much more even than usual.

Valorie Berman says …

I have adored grapes, of all varieties since I was a child. So much so, in fact, that my mother used to find grape seeds in my bed in the morning. Later in life, I ,of course, learned of the perils of pesticides, and am now totally committed to organic grapes. And, wow, are they delicious, red, purple, black and green, I love them all. I eat them for breakfast with yogurt and granola, add them to salads, have them for dessert, and love them combined with cheese for a continental dessert. Grapes are Great! (Organic, of course!)

ellen elmore says …

Yum! Grapes! They are a treasure!

Minna Siegel says …

fresh delicious taste

Barbara says …

I love pairing organic grapes with hot and sweet Italian sausage and roasting them in a cast iron skillet with some red wine. This book could make my day and provide endless evenings of reading and experimenting.

Karen says …

I love grapes, and organic grapes are even better! Since I love them so much, I've never given much thought to adding them to any recipes so this book will provide wonderful motivation to expand my culinary and nutritional horizons!

Wm Gehring says …

Organic heartburn

Trish says …

I love grapes, especially in my curried chicken salad.

Hannah B says …

Organic grapes are wonderful because you don't have to worry about washing chemicals off of them. I eat them plain for breakfast, in a cottage cheese or yogurt salad for lunch and as a dessert or snack at night! My husband and I were both told by our doctor to eat grapes for iron every day.

A Wu says …

Love, love, love all kinds of grapes --- raw or cooked.

Leona Janz says …

Love grapes.

Mbb says …

I love frozen organic grapes – the best snack in the world! Especially good with some frozen white chocolate chips in the mix.

Notty says …

roasted grapes are divine!

Irene Cross says …

I have always loved grapes, but now they play a lager role than ever in my diet. I was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration 1 1/2 years ago. I began to research nutritional approaches to halt or slow down the disease process. I discovered that grapes contain a specific antioxidant that actively interferes with the degenerative changes in the retina. Now I really love grapes!

allison says …

I like to freeze them and throw them in green smoothies instead of ice cubes for more flavor.

BarbKirch says …

It's wonderful to enjoy organic grapes in lots of different ways, knowing they are healthy and free of pesticides.

anne says …

The fresh and great taste of organic grapes are wonderful.

Maureen says …

I love that they are refreshing. They are a snack but good for you at the same time. A way I like them is to wash and freeze and then pop them in my mouth--so good on a hot summer day.

Adriana says …

I love the fresh organic grapes, and mix them with banana pieces, pieces of oranges and organic (no extra sugar) coconut flakes: yum :).

carrie killingsworth says …

I love taking grapes on road trips... those little jewels of yummy goodness are the perfect snack and they travel soo well, always a family favorite.

LINDA ROE says …

Grapes of all kinds find their way into my salads, pasta, chicken pork and seafood dishes! They are absolutely my favorite snack.

Ed Harris says …

We eat all varieties of grapes in our house. They add a burst of flavor to salads and are a great travel snack for the kids. The dog prefers them frozen!

Dee Furr says …

I love the versitility of grapes. From juice to salads or paired with poultry they add a burst of sweetness and texture to many foods. Plus they're wonderful just eaten out of hand.

Tanya says …

The "grape" thing about grapes is their sharing quality. Just the other day, I went to a winery, and saw a party of people paring their fresh collection of green, red, and black grapes with their wine, cheese, and crackers. Passing around a bunch of grapes, I noticed they are the perfect food to share. Can't wait to have a "grape" cookbook to find out all the flavors grapes can bring to a dish, cooked in different ways! Cheers!

Adela says …

I grew up in a family that has vineyards and used to spend a lot of time walking by the vineyards and picking fresh organic grapes. The fresh picked flavor is amazing! I enjoy cooking with grapes and also make jellies and preserves. Not to mention how I love to enjoy a glass of wine made with organic grapes! I would love to have a copy of this book!

Denise Mack says …

Hard to resist the clean, citrus taste of colorful grapes along with their bright luscious look. To eat or to drink them - oh the possibilities!

Thuy Luong says …

Wow...this looks so interesting! I love grapes and these recipes look great!

Leah says …

Posted on the refrigerator here is a poster of Cesar Chavez ~ 1991! The message is: "Our struggle will endure among millions of caring people in distant places... and once again our food will be a source of nourishment and life." Boycott Grapes in 1991! This changed the path of my life in many ways. My goodness.... I knew about Cesar Chavez when I was in high school in the late 1960's and early 1970'; when I first heard the word "ecology". What more can be said about the impact organically grown grapes have made on our entire culture, if not the world? And in how many ways? I am grateful for people ~ and grapes ~ who have expanded the awareness of us all! Organically grown grapes and everything about them rock!!!! :)

Fat Tomato says …

i love them for their healthy and guiltless nourishment

Juliann Goldman says …

Grapes! Yum!

Koren Feinstein says …

This cookbook sounds AMAZING! I hope I win. As a chef, I enjoy using organic grapes in my recipes. My clients are always surprised. They are an incredibly versatile fruit and are delicious in any form-from sweet raw grapes (always perfect with cheese) to sour pickled grapes. I would love this book to try some new recipes out!

Judy S says …

WOW...cooking with grapes (green, black, red). For years I have eaten grapes as a wonderful snack and during the last handful of years have been freezing grapes to enjoy as a refreshing snack during the hot weather. And now after reading this blog I now am intrigued with the prospect of cooking with grapes and can't wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks for broadened my horizons of the endless possibilities of cooking with grapes!

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