Fall is upon us and that means the end of many outdoor farmers’ markets, but our friends at Steve & Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit are still committed to bringing fresh fruit to our community.
Their products will be available at two markets year-round – Bountiful Farmers’ Market and Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. If you can’t make it to a market, you can shop their fruit along with various other local vendors on their online market. Delivery is available on orders over $50 for regions within and around Edmonton.
You may be wondering what’s in season? The answer is grapes! In the Okanagan, grapes begin to ripen from August to September, depending on the variety.
- Coronation grapes are the earliest ripening grape and can usually be found by mid-August. They are seedless grapes with a jelly-green center and a musky, sweet taste.
- Himrod grapes typically ripen in the first week of September. They are large, pale green or yellow seedless grapes with a strong, honeyed aroma when fully ripe.
- Concord grapes are usually ripe and ready by mid-September. They have a wax-like coating, making the skin easy to remove, and a candy sweet flavor you likely associate with jellies and jams!
Not only are their grapes delicious and you might struggle not to finish them all on the ride home, they are also incredibly nutritious:
- Outstanding source of phytonutrients, especially phenols and polyphenols
- Very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and copper, as well as a good source of vitamin B2
- 1-cup serving is approximately 100 calories, making them a healthy low-calorie snack
- Good way to replenish electrolytes after strenuous workouts
- High amount of antioxidants can help with chronic ailments
- Can reduce the effect of LDL (or bad) cholesterol on the blood
But that’s not all! There are more reasons to love grapes:
- They taste great baked into a deep pie or boiled into a smooth jelly.
- They can be used as a replacement for berries in breakfast baked goods like muffins or scones.
- They store exceedingly well, and can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for around a week. Try storing them with a paper towel to help reduce moisture.
- They can be frozen and used for up to a year – so you can enjoy them all year long!
Get yours today! We sure will.