While on the look out for new and healthier recipes I came across a wonderful collection of dishes created by the grape growers of California. The little brochure was packed with beautiful pictures and wonderful nutrition information about the tiny, sweet berries we all take for granted...the unassuming little grape. Did you know that a phytonutrient in grapes, resveratrol, is linked to improved brain health, is credited with the beneficial effects of red wine consumption, and has strong anticancer properties. Just 2 1/2 cups of fresh grapes provides enough resveratrol to cut the risk of certain cancers in half (specifically prostate cancer -- attention gentlemen!) Another powerful compound in the grape, flavonoids, are shown to play an important role in cancer prevention and prevention of heart disease. The flavinoids can help protect the heart and blood vessels against oxidative tissue damage. The best thing of all is that grapes are delicious, easy to snack on and easy to pack for lunch or as a pre-dinner indulgence. Audrey loves tasty tidbits that are healthy!! Pass me a grape... BTW, the benefits of grapes and grape seed extracts are found all over the cosmetic department at your fave department store. For example, a recent emergency trip to Nordstrom's beauty counters turned up a wonderful eye cream containing grape plant extract. I love this product. Lancôme even has a moisturizer (super, wondrous moisturizer) that contains the essence of my new favorite berry (and yes, grapes are berries, not fruit). What could be better, rub them on your face, slather them on as moisturizers, cook with them, drink them, eat them...its better than the incredible edible egg. We have the super, sumptuous and snackable grape. Check the recipe below for one twist on the super berry! Ciao!!
Black Fruits in Lavender Honey Glaze
Serves 12 (1 cup each)
Lavender Honey Glaze:
1-½ tsp. Dried lavender blossoms
½ cup honey, warmed
1 Tbsp. Orange zest
½ cup Orange Juice
4 cups fresh blue-black seedless grapes
3 cups blackberries
3 cups dark, sweet cherries, pitted
2 cups black-skin plums, sliced
12 fresh lavender blossom sprigs, for garnish
In a small bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients until well combined. In a large bowl, combine fruits for salad. Pour glaze over fruits and toss gently to coat. Garnish with fresh lavender blossom sprigs. Enjoy!
Recipe found on freshCaliforniagrapes.com – check it out for other great grape dishes!