black grapes

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Also Known As
Black or Purple Grapes, Kala Draksh

The grape is one of the oldest cultivated fruits. It is a pulpy, smooth-skinned berry grown in clusters on wines, and is available in many varieties and colours of which the black and green varieties are most popular in India.
Black grapes taste sweet and sour, with a characteristic tartness. It contains a lot of tannin, which leads to great red wine. The phytochemicals and flavonoids give grapes its deep red colour and juiciness.

Chopped black grapes
In order to chop black grapes, place them on a chopping board and cut each grape into halves. Now make vertical slits on each half, arrange the strips together and make horizontal slits to get chopped grapes. The slits can be made finely or thickly to get finely chopped or roughly chopped grapes as per the recipe requirements. Chopped grapes are usually used as toppings on fruit tarts or as a garnish on desserts. Chop a mix of various colours of grapes to get a visually appealing garnish!

How to Select
• Grapes are usually packed in bunches, and stored in soft cardboard boxes. Sometimes, they are sold loose or in packets too.
• Ensure that the grapes are fully ripe with minimal or no blemishes or skin ruptures before buying.
• Also see to it that the grapes are well coloured, plump berries firmly attached to green pliable stems.

Culinary Uses
• Fresh black grapes can be eaten just like that, or added to smoothies and fruit salads.
• You can garnish a fruit and vegetable salad with crunchy black grapes.
• When black grape is in season, make a delicious squash or syrup of it and preserve in the refrigerator to enjoy as a drink or topping for desserts.
• Black grape is also used to make wine.

How to Store
• Black grapes can be refrigerated in sealed bags or frozen for long-term storage.
• Its storage life is 30 to 180 days depending on the temperature at which stored.
• However, remember that the grapes must be washed only just before use.

Health Benefits
• Mouth-watering black grapes have plenty of health benefits, thanks to the presence of flavonoids.
• It reduces clumping of blood platelets, reduces blood clots and strengthens the heart walls.
• By slowing the absorption of cholesterol by saponins present in the skin, grapes lower the risk of atherosclerosis.
• Its antioxidant properties help flush out toxins and fight cancer cells; especially effective against breast, liver, lung and prostate cancer.
• The polyphenols in grapes protect the elastin fibres and collagen in our skin, which resist free radicals.
• The fatty acids in grapes can breathe life into limp and dull hair and give a glowing skin.

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