Only two fruits would instantly be associated with the two letters â€œPXâ€ when I was a kid; Washington Red Delicious apples, however mealy, and grapes, whatever variety. Having grapes in the house meant that someone had carefully hand carried them back from a foreign trip or someone had recently come from the American bases and was able to â€œscoreâ€ a few bunches of grapes. Alternatively, during the Christmas season, crates of grapes somehow showed up in Chinatown and were highly sought after. I have always liked grapes. They are handy to eat, sweet and juicy. My mother was one of those folks that PEELED her grapes, but I never did. I thought mom was weird until I realized that my wifeâ€™s family sometimes did the same. Now my daughter sometimes gets her grapes peeled tooâ€¦itâ€™s weird, I agree. Puncturing the grape skin and getting that satisfying burst of sweet grape juice is one of the pleasures of eating grapes for meâ€¦
Grapes are at their zenith in California and other Northern temperate regions at the moment and they are relatively abundant in local markets. If you are heading out to you neighborhood fruit provedore this weekend, pick up a few bunches. I like to just chill them and serve them cold. And yes, that is a grape scissors in the photo above and it has been featured before and raised a a bit of a stirâ€¦ Grapes are actually the berries of a woody vine and there are thousands of varieties around the globe. The majority of grapes are used to make wine and of the remainder, they are either eaten fresh or made into raisins. My favorite raisins are these plump pale raisins made from white grapesâ€¦ Thompson seedless red grapes are a popular variety and they are perfect snacking material, even for one on a diet. I like to have 10-12 pieces when I have a sugar low or am feeling bad about diet suffering. Add a nice slice of low fat cheese and itâ€™s a seriously good snack! Enjoy!