In Italian: È questo il momento migliore per gustare l'uva che é finalmente di stagione. Dolce, Ricca di gusto e anche di virtù salutari, si trova in più colori e molte varietà. Ciascuna con un aroma e una consistenza cararreristici. Tutte tipologie deliziose per il consumo a crudo e alcune adatte a preparare ricette dolci o bevande.
In English: This is the best moment to savour grapes and finally they are in season. Sweet, rich in taste and also good for your health, you will find them in many colours and varieties. Each with its own aroma and characteristic consistency. All varieties are delicious to eat raw and some are adapted for dessert recipes and drinks.
Grapes are a fruit which is largely underutilised in cooking with most people associating them only with wine and simply as a fresh fruit to be enjoyed as a snack or after a meal. Grapes are very tasty in this way of course but there are so many more ways to enjoy grapes. With all of the wonderful varieties that can be found in Italy from the white "Pizzutella" cultivated in the South of Italy and admired for their sweet and salty flavour to the red "Americana" known for their sweet, delicate taste and strong aroma.
But why are grapes so good for you? White grapes are the most consumed variety but the red grapes with rich colour pigments are where you will find the most antioxidants. The vitamins and minerals that they provide are magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus with detoxifying qualities from the levels of potassium. The nutrients that they provide are great heading into the colder months. Not to be overlooked however is their high sugar content and as with everything in life they should be enjoyed in moderation.
So why not celebrate the grape this Autumn as part of a roast vegetable dish with courgettes, aubergines, peppers, onion and tomatoes or in a delicious ciambella cake with ricotta and white grapes?
The blog post today was inspired by the grapes i found this weekend growing out of the wall at Maurizio's house our lovely host and chef in Alberobello. Here is a photo below!