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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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Amanda says …

I love organic frozen grapes, fresh grapes, wine and cookbooks!

Tamsen Wright says …

Having grown up in California and recently transplanting myself to Colorado, there really isn't anything quite like a California grape.

Lydia says …

I just love my grapes rinsed off and cold

Lori Trejo says …

I don't know why I never thought about a cookbook using grapes, but now want it...Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes, that sounds amazing! That book is sure to be filled with all kinds of unexpected taste delights.

Stacey says …

I adore whole foods. Fresh reliable and wholesome makes me shop there all the time

Gail says …

Frozen grapes! Refreshing and delicious. Awesome treat!

Kevin P says …

I usually just wash them and pop them into my mouth. I tend to buy to many at one time also so I freeze some and it's a nice refreshing treat to eat them right out of the freezer. I haven't explored much more than though.

Julie says …

I enjoy organic grapes straight from the bag or sliced and added into a lentil salad! They are also great added into a smoothie, frozen, etc!!

Chey007 says …

I'm originally from the Caribbean (St. Kitts) and we had an organic grape vineyard in our backyard. I could remember as a child stuffing myself full of grapes. To this day, grapes are one of my favourite fruits to eat. They’re a wonderful little fruit packed with many beneficial nutriments that makes them a great snack on the go. I would love to receive a copy of this cookbook, so I could try some new recipes or update the ones I already make.

JoAnne Usdavin says …

I love grapes! They are such a great, easy snack to take with you on the go, to work, or anywhere. In addition, I love incorporating them into my lentil salad to add a touch of sweetness.

Stefanie says …

I love how crisp and refreshing grapes taste on a summer day. They add a great texture and flavor to salads and are perfect for homemade jams and jellies.

Mike Huzzar says …

I made sausage with grapes for my mom and sister and it turned out wonderfully!

Cathy Bridges says …

Snacking on them now. Will snack on them tomorrow and the day after and the day after.that and so on and so on and so on.

Heidi Switzer says …

To me, grapes always taste best on top of a mountain. I always bring them hiking!

Josh says …

Sounds like a great book! I would put it to good use!

veritobrown says …

I love those red organic grapes so much that the week they were on sale I incorporated grapes into every meal! They were delicious. I made the grape harvest bread for breakfast, we had the chicken salad with grapes and pecans (with that amazing whole foods poppy dressing) for lunch and salmon with roasted grapes and fennel and red onion for dinner. It was an amazing week!

Linda Walraed says …

I am a country girl from Franklin County, NC. We grew up on a lovely working farm where my sister & I rode freely through the woods and along the seasonal crop rows. We also enjoyed fresh veggies, fresh eggs and meats and much more. In the late summer, we would stop our ponies/hores underneath a tree that had wild grapes dangling down where we would fill up on those grapes and always picking a few to take home for Mom. Now I am grown, have my own family, enjoying living in Raleigh. Grapes are a delicious treat or in a main dish for lunches or dinners. I am always looking for new ways to prepare healthy dishes for my family and friends. Susan Volland's book is described above as a recipe book preparing a different variety of grapes in a healthy diet to enjoy at any occasion. I would love to win the book and try those California delicious grapes in her recipe book and buy my organic grapes from Whole Foods Market where I don't live far from and visit very often.

Joan Mills says …

Very interested in how she uses grapes in her cooking. I love to use them with chicken.

Linda says …

I enjoy preparing healthy dishes for my family. Those that spell goodness! Susan Volland's recipe book described above sounds wonderful! I would feel very lucky to be one of the winners and will keep my fingers crossed. Whole Foods Market is just a few miles from our home and that makes it easy to stop by very frequently on my way home.

eileen says …

Loved the grapes tried them in a quinoa salad with cashews

William says …

Thanks, Most informative..

Maxine Roles says …

Grapes make a wonderful compliment to things like cheese,wine and nuts, however, I enjoy incorporating them in foods that always add that touch of sweetness.

Asmita says …

I love grapes because they are naturally sweet and filling. I love to eat it as snack, dessert or simply by adding it to yogurt to make Indian raita to go along with spicy Indian food. The sweetness of the grapes and the cooling effect of the yogurt is a great combination with hot and spicy foods.

Mike Godett says …

Grapes are nature's candy!

swetha sivakumar says …

Grapes are my favorite night time low cal snack. I buy too much of them. Recipe book seems interesting.

Michelle says …

Grape. The way the word sounds when I say it is perhaps a more enjoyable aspect of their existence then their actual flavor. Organic grape is even better. And they are healthy. What more can I ask of something?

Sue says …

I love grapes, espcecially frozen grapes. So glad WF offers several varieties of organic grapes and wines!

gifty maison says …

love grapes!!!!

Sherry says …

Grapes are both delicious and nutritious, and I'd love to use them in more recipes!

Dave says …

Love grapes! Organic food reminds me of being a kid when vegetables and fruits had individuals tastes.

Jen says …

The juiciness of the grapes!! So delicious.

jean willems says …

There is nothing better than to have a sweet snack like grapes that are organically grown. They are so juicy and crunchy. I feel better when I eat better and it makes my skin glow. I would love to have a grape cookbook, so I can incorporate grapes into my every day cooking.

Kelly McNett says …

I love to cook and use grapes

Amy Laundre says …

I love the fresh snap of a ripe grape skin which covers what is one of the joys of an early autumn harvest. Organic grapes gives us this experience with the added bonus of a clean unaltered taste which allows the flavor characteristic of each varietal to shine through without chemical masking.

maria fernanda says …

My favorite thing about organic grapes, other than the fact that they are organic, is that they are sweet and refreshing. Grapes make me feel full of energy and also, there are so many thing you can do with them!

Tara Holland says …

i love grapes!

Monica Schiffer says …

Adore organic green grapes in a smoothie! Would love to find plant-strong recipes with grapes as an ingredient. Thanks.

Bruque Roberts says …

I love grapes in general but organic grapes are more for the health conscious such as myself! I know what I'm putting in my body is healthy and chemical free! Plus the taste is unbelievable when you know no herbicides or pesticides came anywhere near it! Clear conscious and clear mind to chew away and get the full health benefits! I also enjoyed all the recipes that Wholefoods used last weekend in their samples! So many things I want to try!

Emily says …

I love grapes! And wine! And would love a new cook book!

Suzanne Fraser says …

I could live off of organic grapes alone. Its the perfect fruit and so versatile. I would love to have more recipes!!! I still have to try organic wine but I am sure I will love it!

Sharon says …

Grapes are like nature's candy and are a delicious addition to salads and Mostar other dishes. Can even be frozen and enjoyed for a refreshing treat

Kimberly Thompson says …

I love organic grapes because they are the perfect blend of sweet and crunchy, cool and crisp - perfect for a morning, after-class, or midnight snack for this crunchy college student! I especially love to freeze them.

Sommer says …

I love organic grapes because they are so sweet my kids think of them as dessert, yet they are phenomenally healthy. Also, they add a wonderful sweetness to green salads.

Karen Vollmann says …

I bought 2 bags of organic grapes at WholeFoods a few weeks ago when they were on sale. That's when they ripe at peak season. Oh, I tasted California sunshine. They were so sweet; the sweetness that I have never tasted in any grapes I had... I brought some to my in-law in Canada; she was very impressed with them too.

Alexander Cody-Prentice says …

Grapes have a way of igniting so many dishes a flame with sweet, sour, and deep rich flavor. Here is a grape haiku: special sweet flavors, concentrated sunshine bite, help you live long time!

Michael Ginn says …

I Love this store!! Everyone is always so helpful and courteous.

Marja says …

Organic grapes are a healthy snack that I don't feel guilty about not sharing with my dogs.

Winston Li says …

Great idea

Keith Kirksey says …

I loves me some grapes!

Stacie Strittmatter says …

I put grapes in my chicken salad yummy

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