How to use grapes: three recipes for everyone’s taste

Vaida Budriene, communication manager of the Iki retail chain, says that the grape is popular all year round, especially after the end of the season for picking fresh Lithuanian berries.

“Even when the weather turns cold, consumers do not forget to add fruits to their daily diet. For example, grapes that are in demand all year round. So that everyone can find their favorite grape varieties, we have prepared a wide range of them, from green, blue and red to seedless grapes of various colors, which are also very popular among buyers,” says V. Boudrinier. .

What is the area of ​​vineyards in the world?

Jolanta Sabaitienye, an employee of the fruit and vegetable department of the “Iki” trade chain, says that although grapes are usually associated with warm regions, they also grow in temperate regions. The most important thing is that there is enough sunlight and heat for grapes during the season.

“There are 8 thousand types of grapes in the world. Scientists believe that grapes were cultivated 65 million years ago and that some modern grape varieties are descended from these ancestors. However, people began to engage in viticulture much later – about 8 thousand years ago. It is believed that the first vineyards were planted in Georgia. From there, grape cultivation soon spread throughout Europe,” says J. Sabaitiene.

J. Sabaitiene says that the vineyards cover about 75,865 square meters. km total land area. Most of them are grown in Spain, Italy, Turkey and China.

What to do?

Grapes can be used in the kitchen in a variety of ways. Being sufficiently acidic, grapes can balance the taste of sweet and savory dishes. In addition, grapes should be included in the diet. They are rich in vitamins C and K, antioxidants.

Baked or roasted grapes are a great addition to fish or meat dishes, especially chicken. It is very easy to make such a vine. All you have to do is put the grapes on a baking tray, drizzle with oil and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Grapes prepared in this way can be enjoyed not only with meat, but also with sweet toasts with nut butter or delicious toasts with your favorite melted cheese,” says J. Sabaitienye.

It might sound fancy, but grapes are also great for adding flavor to pizza. Since one of the main elements of this dish is cheese, which goes well with grapes, they perfectly balance the taste of the pizza and give it freshness. This pizza should also be seasoned with pesto sauce and sprinkled with your favorite nuts. Another great way to use grapes is to make a variety of dressings that are perfect for salads. All you have to do is squeeze the grapes and mix them with white wine vinegar, oil and a teaspoon of honey. Season everything with salt and pepper if you like.

You can enrich the most diverse dishes with grape salsa. For example, mix finely chopped grapes with chopped olives, onion and red wine vinegar. This gives you a salty, frozen salsa flavor that pairs well with salmon or other red fish. J. Sabaitienė also shares a few more recipes for grapes.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes

You will need:

Brussels sprouts, cut in half

A few cups of seedless red grapes, halved

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 cloves of crushed garlic

½ teaspoon of salt

A pinch of ground pepper

1 tablespoon of balsamic cream

We produce:

Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Toss the Brussels sprouts, grapes and garlic in a large bowl and season with oil, salt and pepper. Place the resulting mixture on a baking sheet, stir several times and cook for 25-30 minutes. Finally, put the cooked cabbage and grapes in a bowl and sprinkle the balsamic cream.

Salad with grapes and chicken

You will need:

Fried shredded chicken

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup halved red seedless grapes

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup toasted and chopped pecans

1 cup Greek yogurt

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

We produce:

Add the shredded chicken to a large bowl along with the celery, grapes, dried cranberries and chopped pecans. Then pour all the ingredients with Greek yogurt, add salt and pepper and mix everything.

Grape cake

You will need:

Dough:

200 g of fine flour

200 g of coarse flour

½ century salt

3 years Honey

250 g butter

Juice of ½ lemon and grated peel

5-6 years. ice water

To fill:

700 g seedless black grapes

2 c. sh. corn starch

1 year flour

3-4 years. Honey

1st century vanilla extract

Juice of ½ lemon and grated peel

We produce:

Mix the flour, salt, honey, lemon juice and grated zest in a large bowl. Add a cube of cold butter to the mixture and mix it all together by kneading it with your hands. Pour cold water and knead again, divide the dough into two parts, wrap each one separately with food film and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Wash the grapes, put them in a bowl, pour honey, lemon juice, vanilla extract, add corn starch, flour, grated lemon peel and mix everything well. Roll out each piece of chilled dough thinly.

Line a baking sheet with a sheet of dough, poke a few holes with a fork and pour the grape filling. Cut out a few grape leaf shapes from another sheet of pastry and place them around the edge of the cake. Apply cold water to the junction of the lower and upper parts of the dough and carefully press with a fork so that the dough sticks together. Bake the cake in the oven at 180 ° C for about 40 minutes. Tasty!

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