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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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Maureen says …

I would like to learn what else to do with grapes, other than just eat them by themselves!!!

Maureen says …

I would like to learn what else to do with grapes, other than just eat them by themselves!!!

Carla Hardy says …

California grapes are jewels on a vine. They add sparkle to any meal. How perfect a package How sweet the delight.

Jaclyn F. says …

Grapes are such a perfect snack--healthy, not messy, and easy to grab on the run! :)

Annette R says …

I love grapes. I enjoy eating them as a snack, pairing them with nuts and cheese or just adding them to salads. Grapes are versitle and are very flavorfull. They are ummm ummm good.

Caroline says …

Simple answer... Organic grapes are a great go-to snack for my busy life as a graduate student.

Joey Banh says …

I still remember eating our neighbour's unique big, purple sweet and sour grapes that overgrew the fence when I was a little girl :) Been a favourite since.

Jessica says …

I love freezing grapes overnight and enjoying them for a light snack the next day.

Buzz Cohen says …

Organic grapes are part of my autumn favorite fruit stew! Love to find more recipes . . .

Denise Perez says …

Grapes are our family favorite all year round. Our son brings them to school for healthy snack just about every day. Yum!

ann says …

Besides, snacking or with wine and cheese, in the fall, I like to make Harvest Bread, an Italian pastry, stuffed with grapes and a little sugar. Yum! I'd love to try some of the recipes from that interesting cookbook!

Rachel G says …

I love grapes as a healthy snack. I also love to try new recipes and the cookbook sounds really good.

Monica Tien says …

I love that grapes are my 4 year old's favorite fruit!!!

Skreddy57 says …

I LOVE fresh black grapes! When I was a kid, my grandparent's neighbor grew black grapes in his backyard. Thay had thick, tart skins and the sweetest, grapiest, most delicious flesh I have ever tasted (yes, 40 yrs. later I haven't found any quite as good!). We kids used to climb up the brick wall between the yards to "sample" them every chance we got! Grapes cold from the fridge are great, but, like tomatoes, warm from the vine is the BEST!!!!

David Payne says …

I love that they are a healthy, easy snack.

Ty says …

I used to love grapes as a kid and when I was in my twenty's. I found that they are too expensive and aren't worth the cost because many of them are already bad by day two. This forces me to throw them out. I am hoping to rekindle my love for grapes. I have tried the red organic grapes and they were really sweet.. Would love to find another way to enjoy my grapes.

Cyndy K says …

Ah! I love grapes! I especially love wine made from grapes!

Nicole says …

Organic grapes are great as a sweetener, or just a sweet!

Donna Rosenberg says …

What I love about organic black grapes, besides the great grape flavor, is that I'm not worried about toxins on the peels or in the fruit when I chow down on a bunch.

Jane says …

I love the texture of grapes: the initial "crunch" of the skin and then the juicy, chewy pulp--room temp, chilled or frozen, they are absolutely delicious!

Susan says …

Hey you know what else you can do with organic grape leaves? Put them in the jar when you make pickles! They make the pickles stay crunchier without any powders.

Bob Hawkins says …

Grapes, the perfect healthy snack food......and favorite food of grocery store produce procurers (never seen them put them back when "checking them out"). Yum, yum, want some! Thanks for the beautiful grape cookbook contest.

vanessa dawson says …

Love when you bite down on a crispy organic grape and it pops the juice in your mouth,so refreshing and hard to stop eating:-)

Malinda says …

I love all grapes, but especially green grapes. I love the sweet/tangy combo.

Donna F. says …

I love organic grapes especially frozen. You can either eat them as an icy treat or add them to wine as ice cubes!

Adele says …

Organic grapes are one of my favorite snacks because they're healthy, delicious and filling. I also love adding them to salads!

Jo Ann Villademoros says …

I often buy a large quantity of organic grapes and freeze most of them. I love my iced tea and instead of using ice cubes I drop in a dozen frozen grapes and after drinking the tea, I have wonderful, sweet, thawed grapes to enjoy!

Kat says …

I love sweet organic concord grapes that remind me of the vine I had at my childhood home.

Thuc Nguyen says …

To me, organic grapes equal tasteful and healthy dishes! My favorite is making flavored gelatin with grape and sweet wine!

Pamela Robinson says …

This cookbook sounds extremely interesting, I would especially enjoy winning a copy of Green, Black, Red.

JoAn says …

Grapes have resveratrol. I especially like concord grapes. And I really like the Sonoma Chicken Salad at Whole Foods! Thanks for sharing!

Susan says …

The Sonoma Chicken Salad is my favorite!!!

Diana Storo says …

I recently moved to California and just discovered how good a grape is suppose to taste. I am from Alaska and the grapes we purchased at the store did not taste very good. I did not know that there were so many varieties of grapes. I'm not sure if I have tasted an organic grape but I did try some organic wine and I did taste a difference from the regular wine. I have only eaten grapes as a snack by themselves. The cookbook would give me an opportunity to explore grapes. The recipes in the information sound so good and different. I am ready to start exploring grapes!

Helen Madden says …

I LOVE organic grapes! The ones I've had have been so much sweeter than others!

Gloria says …

Besides frozen blueberries and assorted nuts, grapes are one of my infant's favorite teething tools. She likes to split them open, drink up the juice and leave the peel on her high chair tray. Sometimes she would actually eat the grape whole.

Kristina says …

I love how fresh and juicy and healthy they are for my family.

Adriana says …

Great for fall

Debra says …

I would make the Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes first ....if I won a copy of this book. It just sounds nummy to the tummy - like organic grapes popped in the mouth are too - nummy to the tummy.

S Bridget says …

I would love to expand my recipe collection to include GRAPES which it lacks. I seem only to eat grapes on their own. Delicious but it would be fun to include them with other ingredients.

Heather Vongsavanh says …

I love them cold out of the freezer on a hot summer day!

Jackie says …

I love to freeze them; what a great cold, refreshing snack!

Barbara says …

Frozen grapes..what a treat

Teresa says …

Grapes, natural sweetness!

melodie beamer says …

gotta love em

Sharon Rutherford says …

Grapes are just an easy satisfying treat. And when they are organic you just feel better about eating them.

Sharon Rutherford says …

Grapes are an easy satisfying treat and when they are organic you just feel good about eating them.

Mary Ann says …

I love organic grapes and would love to receive this cookbook.

Kiah says …

I love snacking on organic grapes with feta and pita!

Dana P. says …

I have a new (to me) recipe I loved all summer long, grape salsa! You take green and red grapes, red onion, cilantro and lime juice and mix them all together. It's so refreshing and delicious!

Ozlem says …

I LOVE grapes. I usually enjoy them fresh as in fruit form but I am intrigued by the cookbook idea!!. Thanks.

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