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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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julie hogate says …

We are a family of 5 and we all love grapes! I cant keep then in the house, I would love some new ideas for using them :) I would LOVE to win this cook book! My kids could use it too ( i'll share ;) ) thank you!

Erica says …

I try to buy organic whenever there is no skin to peel off the pesticides. Organic grapes are a perfect example and delicious! I would love to try getting even more creative with them. I always find myself just adding them to my lunch. Having recipes would be a great way to utilize them even more!

Kristine Nelson says …

The crisp, snap of the cool skin. The sweet tartness of such a refreshing treat!

bkramer says …

So nice to avoid all the pesticides.

Christie Deen says …

I love grapes---every color! My favorite way to eat them is frozen! I also enjoy them in salads.

Julie Carmichael says …

Grapes...whether it be green, red or black, they go with everything. They are the most versitile fruit I know. I love adding them to hot and cold salads, quinona, cottage cheese, cheedar cheese & grape sandwiches...the list is endless. Grapes are a great healthy snack that can be eaten whole or sliced in a main entree, dessert or beverage. They also make great centre pieces for your dining room table when entertaining. They are firm and colourful and make any dish more appealing. What's not to love about grapes?

Dianne Pope says …

I love grapes. They are the perfect snack food! I'm excited about a cookbook to expand my grapely opportunities. Grape Bubble Milk Tea? Sounds wonderful.

JohnZ says …

Freeze them and then use them like ice cubes to keep wine cold.

Chas Childress says …

No gripe with grapes. They give a salad flavor and added taste.

Helene says …

Grapes are great anytime anywhere.

Melisa says …

I love the way the skin is crisp and they burst in your mouth.

Melissa says …

I love the way the skin is crisp and snaps when you bite into them and leave a burst of freshness in your mouth.

Nancy J Horn says …

I agree with all of the posters down below..grapes are the greatest and the organic ones are just like from home when I was a kid and we would go out back behind my grandfathers dairy farm and pick them off the vines that had been growing for so many years they had made their own bushes. I put grapes in Tuna, and in mixed green salads and have frozen them for years for my kids for summer snacks---oh, and did I mention I am a cookbook collector?

Pamela says …

organic blakc grapes are my favroite just eaten raw, but cooking with grapes sounds intriguing! Jam? salads? what else? would love to try out some recipes!

Stacey says …

I love roasting grapes and then adding them to salad or pasta! Try it roast green California seedless organic grapes and add to toasted walnuts and chevre with favorite whole wheat pasta I love angel hair! Sea Salt and Pepper perfect<3

S Evans says …

Organic grapes, red, green or black, is a great snack anytime.

Rita says …

It will be a god-send if I can get a copy of this cookbook! First off, my husband's favorite food is GRAPE! No joke! He lost 100 lbs eating grapes and yoghurt (with moderate amount of exercise)! We really need some new grape recipes. We tried freezing them as desserts, adding frozen grapes to sangria, in salad with feta. My husband and I also LOVE bubble tea. We can't wait to try the grape bubble milk tea recipe!

cmartell@uic.edu says …

I made your Grape Harvest Cake last week. It was so elegant! The fresh grapes were a real surprise.

myriam says …

I wash the grapes and then freeze them. They make a great hot weather snack.

Joyce Zimmer says …

I've never cooked with grapes before. It sounds very interesting to try..

Vickie says …

I give organic grapes to my parrots - so much safer for them than non-organic.

cindy schnitzer says …

grapes are great snacks

Diane Cesco says …

Love grapes, like eating a glass of fine wine. Great snack anytime.

Alda Cummings says …

They are so refreshing, juicy, tasty..and healthy, too!

Tonya Whaley says …

I have such fond memories of fall in upstate NY, driving through the country with the smell of the grapes in the air, and the little roadside stands. Happy days!

Deborah Stewart says …

I love organic grapes you never have the pesticide after taste and I don't feel guilty eating them like M & M'S.

marc popkin says …

thank you

andrea says …

Our family loves grapes!!! Our fav recipe is roasted brussel sprouts, grapes, pecans and asparagus. YUM! Grapes are ordered every week in our Door to Door Organics box lately. Would love a book to explore recipes.

Mary says …

I love Organic Grapes because they are packed with antioxidants!

Mindy D says …

Organic grapes! No pesticides or chemicals produce better flavor. What more could you ask for? I love to juice them, or dehydrate them. Talk about intense flavors.

Jean says …

I love the crunch of crisp, cold grapes - organic of course without the nasty pesticides.

Lauren says …

I have been making Sonoma tofu salad: tofu with mayo, grapes, and tarragon.

Melissa Davenport says …

I love "organic" grapes because of their wonderful taste. A simplistic fruit that you do not have to do anything to and it wakes up your taste buds. Reminds me of when I was a child and wanted an afterschool snack, my friends always got cookies and milk, I got grapes! I was a little jealous back then. Now, I feel like the special one who's parents cared enough to give me the nutrients I needed.

Tiffany says …

I love that organic grapes mean safely farmed with no harm to workers! They are delicious and paired with cheese, a perfect dessert!

Bonnie K. says …

Grapes are a satisfactory sweet treat. I now buy only organic grapes. I would love to get more ideas on recipes with grapes.

Eddy says …

I love California grapes for the combination of a quick energy boost and fresh flavor.

Colleen Redmond says …

I love grapes and so does my daughter. Sounds like an way cool cook book. Keeping my fingers crossed

Valerie says …

My favourite fruit is *grapes*....beings organic makes them even better...knowing that chemicals were NOT part of their growing process!!

allison says …

the perfect snack!

Livia says …

I love organic grapes because even two weeks in the refrig it stays fresh and crunche as the day I bought it It never would if it was't organic!. The reason it stays two weeks because I don't go shopping every week .

Shelby says …

I like to eat them straight from the fridge!

Sara W says …

I would love to win this cookbook to learn new ways to use and enjoy grapes! They are great for savory and sweet dishes or just to munch on.

Carolyne Moore says …

I love them because they are such a great, easy snack. Always nutritious and satisfy a sweet tooth naturally.

Camilla says …

I love that grapes are a completely portable, almost hands-free snack. They are perfect as is, but I also love them in a chicken salad!

Glenny Adames says …

Besides loving the flavor and all the great nutritional values grapes offer, one thing I surely like is the ability to curve my sugar cravings. I have a sweet tooth, sometimes hard to please. However, I know I can't go wrong when choosing to eat organic grapes. Thank you Lord for creating such a great and satisfying fruit!!!

Lenora Schaber says …

I love roasting grapes on gluten-free-crusted, dairy-free pizza. There's something just luscious about their flavor and how they complement the other pizza toppings. I never miss the cheese when I use grapes this way. Simply divine!

Veda says …

If I had my druthers, I would eat chicken salad with halved organic grapes, celery, and pecans every single day. No matter what the color, I LOVE grapes!

Flora Chan says …

Before I tried organic grapes, I thought that they couldn't possibly be that different from conventional ones! But, I was definitely proved wrong because organic grapes are very sweet... in a distinct way as opposed to conventional grapes sometimes cloyingly sweet flavor.

Bonnie says …

It's well worth paying extra for organic, especially when your eating the peel! I buy organic because I don't want to eat pesticides. I would love to try "Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes" with some crusty bread and wine on the patio.

Drew Howell says …

There are some wild grapes growing on my parents property in east texas. I love picking them every year and making jam out of them. This post has me thinking what else I could make with them.

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