The harvest season in Australia is here again. As Malaysians, we love Australian grapes and could not resist eating them.
Australian Grapes are made from 80% water and contain high fiber
Australian grapes are crunchy and sweet! It is also rich in phytonutrients such as Resveratrol, Quercetin, Anthocyanin& Catechin. Mom once said Australian grapes are good for us because it is a good source of vitamin C and Vitamin B6 that helps prevent heart diseases. It contains a low glycaemic index (GI) and is both fat and cholesterol-free too.
That’s not the only benefit! I remember being told that grapes are actually good for the eyes too. That’s amazing, right? New research has revealed that eating grapes help protect healthy retinal cells from damage and helps stabilize blood glucose levels after a meal, making them ideal for elderly parents or grandparents.
These superfruits are produced in the premier grape growing region of Sunraysia (Mildura and Robinvale) in Victoria and throughout South-Eastern Queensland. Other growing regions include Carnarvon and the Swan Valley in Western Australia, the Riverina district in Central New South Wales, the South Australian Riverland, and the central Northern Territory.
When selecting grapes, an important indication of freshness can be seen from the green stem and the presence of powdery white on the skin called bloom. Grapes that have bloomed are generally picked more recently and had very little contact with moisture, which means it was transported through an efficient cold chain. Another top tip when selecting green grapes is to choose a bunch with a golden tint, as this means they are sweeter in flavor.
At the recent launch of the Embracing Grapeness campaign, Chef Annette of TCH Foodworks spoke about pairing food with table grapes and said the flavor profiles of grapes go well with poultry and lamb.
“Grapes are so versatile and pairs well with a large variety of specialty cheeses such as brie, blue cheese, ricotta as well as nuts. They can be the perfect addition to a sweet or savoury recipe for a refreshing twist. You can even cut them in half, freeze, and use them instead of ice as a natural way to chill and sweeten drinks. Grapes also fits well for children’s meals as they are bite sized, easy to pack and incredibly sweet.”
To get your hands on this much-loved Australian fruit, head down to participating supermarkets including AEON, Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer, Giant, TMC, Cold Storage & Mercato to enjoy their perfectly fresh and sweet taste.
Taste Australia grapes, the perfect anytime snack that packs a punch!
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