Get the grape goodness

AUSTRALIAN grapes are in season and that means you can get them with seeds or seedless in a variety of colours, like red, black or green.

The four most popular varieties are Thompson Seedless, Menindee Seedless, Crimson Seedless and Red Globe.

Although high in sugar, grapes, like other fruits, are rich in vitamins C and B6. Grapes are also full of phytonutrients, such as resveratrol, quercetin, anthocyanin and catechin. They are also high in potassium and have a low to moderate glycaemic index.

The green Thomson grapes contain less than 100 calories per serving, and provide almost a quarter of a person's daily intake of vitamin C.

The Red Globe has 5g of gut-healthy fibre in every serving.

Australian grapes are exported by Trade Australia, delivered through Australia's grower-owned Research and Development Corporation, Hort Innovation, with The Australian Trade and Investment Commission.

Hort Innovation head of trade Brei Montgomery says Australian grapes have a remarkable history dating back to more than a century.

"With the Embracing Grapeness campaign, we wanted to highlight the wide range, freshness and quality of Australian table grapes.

"With warm, dry summers and deep, rich soils, Australia provides an excellent environment for growers to produce world-class table grapes.

"The warm sunny days and cool nights result in high-colour, sweeter and tastier grapes that are available from November through to May, with the peak export period extended from January to May," she says.

TCH Foodworks chef Annette Isaac, who did food pairing with grapes during the launch, says the fruits are versatile and pair well with a large variety of specialty cheeses such as brie, blue cheese and 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."

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