Another fruit full of art and symbolism, grapes are arguably the most honored fruit since ancient times. Present in religious symbols and tales, they are represented throughout art history in the hands of the victorious, beautiful and strong characters in all sorts of paintings and sculptures. Some Latino countries keep the tradition of eating twelve grapes in the last 12 seconds of the year while thinking of good wishes to bring luck in the year to start. And of course, we owe them one of the biggest pleasures humankind has invented, wine.
California is the biggest grapes producer in America (and a world-famous winery state). Grape season in California is between May and December. Washington has a shorter production, starting in August and finishing in October and Oregon has a two months season starting in September. If you like to purchase them seasonally and locally, you can find the right grape season in the following chart.
Although we can eat them as candies and the sweetness can compare to them, grapes are very healthy snacks! Low calories, high content of fiber and water, packed with antioxidants and great against infections, it’s the best you can opt for when you are into binge eating. Besides consuming them fresh (sometimes we didn’t leave the store and already grabbing some along the way!), we can prepare the most delicious cocktails, make outrageous salsas (as mixed with avocado), caramelize them, frost them or add them to our favorite salad. To top it up, we can get as creative as we want, as there are so different sorts and colors and sizes!Look at the seasons of these fruits & vegetables: