February is Australia's grape season peak and the perfect time to stock up on the season's best quality grapes at the best price with the promise of bountiful supplies of both white and red varieties of the fruit favourite. Australian grape growing regions are currently at the height of production, providing consumers with the best of the bunch when it comes to choice. As the summer swelters on, an abundance of premium, juicy grapes are now available on shelves right across the country.
Michael Moore owner and head chef of esteemed Summit Restaurant, said grapes were the ideal complement to summer activities and meals, and are the perfect accompaniment for a range of different cheeses. "A connoisseur will know the perfect cheese platter isn't complete without grapes. Not only do they draw out the flavours and taste of the cheese, a grape or two between different cheeses will act as a palate cleanser to reinvigorate the taste buds," said Michael.
Nutritious white and red grapes in all their tasty varieties are not only good on the lips but good on the hips too, with a new low GI certification from Glycemic Index Limited confirming what we've known all along - these bursts of fruity fun are satisfyingly healthy.
A wide variety of grapes are available now including white Thompson and Crimson seedless, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. So grab some grapes today to boost your health and vitality!
Tip: When stored correctly in an airtight plastic container in the fridge grapes will stay fresh for up to five days.Ingredients
4 cups red grapes
1 cup no added sugar grape or cranberry juice
4 cups green grapes
3/4 cup no added sugar apple juiceMethod
1.Place the red grapes in a food processor or blender along with the grape or cranberry juice and blend until slushy. Remove and pour half the mixture in a large metal tray.
2.Press the other half of the mixture through a sieve and discard the skins. Add strained juice to the tray and stir to combine. Cover and place in the freezer.
3.Rinse the processor or blender then repeat the process of blending and sieving the green grapes and apple juice. Pour into a metal tray, cover and place in the freezer.
4.After the trays have been in the freezer for about 2 hours and the mixtures are nearly fully frozen, run a fork through each tray to separate the ice crystals, making the mixture light and 'fluffy'.
5.Serve the red and green slushies in separate glasses or cups immediately or return to freezer and serve when ready.