Have You Ever Had Cotton Candy Grapes?

These exquisite green grapes have nothing ordinary, they are loaded with cotton candy fragrance, flavor and sweet as the name suggests.

First of all, I would like to apologize for the silence in the past few weeks, I have been fighting with nerve entrapments…both from median and ulnar nerve and  diagnosed with carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, both on my right hand…needless to mention that wrist and elbow braces accompanied by exercise and rest was prescribed…and yes, it has been improved greatly therefore I think surgery will be avoided…anyway, enough of me, let’s talk about these amazing grapes…

My first encounter was last year, in the beginning of September, and since then I have been chasing all the groceries to get more…for my deception it was the end of the season as people in the industry told me that they were only in the store for about 2-3 weeks…

I read a lot about this unique grapes and anxiously waiting until August as stated on the website…well, to my surprise we found out that these grapes were in the market in the end of June and they would just fly out of the stores as soon as they hit the produce area…no need to mention that my hunt for these grapes started and got almost insane according to my husband…since then we found these grapes in many local grocery stores that we shop routinely and already munch over almost 7 lbs.

I usually do not consider fruit as dessert…fruit is fruit and desserts are cake, pie, ice cream and so on…but these grapes are fruit and dessert…

– How Cotton Candy grapes look like?

They look like your ordinary green grapes…

– Why Cotton Candy grapes?

These grapes are an explosion of sweetness loaded with cotton candy flavor and aroma…yes, cotton candy…I cannot even remember when the last time was I had cotton candy…which is pure colored sugar asking for shots of insulin after its consumption…but these are grapes…therefore no need of insulin shot…okay, maybe if you eat too many…

– What are Cotton Candy grapes?

According to my reading these grapes are a hybrid, a combination of concord grapes (used to make wine, juice, and jelly) and vitis vinifera (common grape). You can find plenty of information by doing some search.

– Are Cotton Candy grapes healthy?

Well, they are grapes and all grapes contain lots of sugar, since these are super sweet you can already imagine that these ones will contain more calories than the regular green grapes…so eating in moderation is advised.

– Where can I find Cotton Candy grapes?

In my area, I found them at Costco, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts…price? Varies from $2.99 to $7.99 a lb.

And yes, Costco has the best price as they come in 3 lbs.

– Is there any other variety of grapes?

Apparently, there are many other varieties of grapes according to Grapery, as for now I only have tried the cotton candy grapes and yes, I look forward to trying all the other varieties.

I hope you get a chance to try the Cotton Candy grapes…and let me know what you think of it…

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Simple Mango Salsa

The sweetness and a bit of tart from fresh mango in this super simple salsa is just amazing, great with chips, on fish, chicken and even steak…cannot go wrong with this spring color salsa.

Here I am again, with a super simple recipe, or better, no recipe for mango salsa.  This salsa is super fruity as you can imagine…loaded with mango, a bit of onion, handful of cilantro and a splash of fresh lemon or lime…that’s it. If you like a hint of heat, add finely chopped jalapeno and make sure that the mango is not over ripe, you do not want to end up with a mushy sauce.

This fruity salsa goes really well with any kind of pan fried, grilled, roasted fish, chicken and steak…and you will taste a burst of spring.

– So, what is salsa?

According to Wikipedia, salsa in Mexican cuisine is a kind of sauce mainly composed of tomato, onion, chilies, herb and some sort of acid.

But in reality salsa can be made of any kind of fruit, vegetable, herbs and so on…

– How you serve fruit salsa?

With whatever you like specially grilled meat, chicken and fish. Somehow the sweet and a hint of spice is a perfect match for smoky food by refreshing it. I enjoy fruit salsa with fish, scallops, shrimps…somehow a perfect complement.

– Ready to look at the recipe?

Oh, by the way, this recipe was based on this recipe. Please adjust the amount of each ingredients to you taste.

Ingredients:

  • Almost ripe mangoes, cut into small cubes
  • Sweet onion, finely chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)
  • Lime or lemon

Method:

Place the chopped sweet onion into an icy bowl of water and let it rest for 15 to 20- minutes. Drain well and pat dry with paper towel. If you do not mind the strong smell and taste of onion, please skip this step.

In a medium bowl add all the ingredients and squeeze lime or lemon juice. Mix gently.

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Ready to serve.

Did you know that mango is low in calories but loaded with nutrients? Mango is high in fiber and rich in vitamin A and C.  Vitamin C helps your immune system and collagen formation as vitamin A is essential  for bone and vision.

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Fresh Berries with Vanilla Yogurt

Today I am sharing with you a very simple twist for your everyday bowl of berries and yogurt. You will not believe that just a little sprinkle of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla powder on a plain yogurt will make magic…all of a sudden the berries are covered by an elegant layer of very delicate, aromatic and flavorful yogurt…

This is one of the posts that there is no need for recipe. Plain and simple, just top your fresh berries with yogurt.  Oh, before I continue, when I was approached by Nielsen-Massey Company to try one of their products I picked the vanilla powder since I have never used vanilla in the form of powder. I received a sample of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Powder for review and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are mine based of my experience.

Now, back to the post…the special treat is in how you prepare the yogurt…in this particular post I used homemade non-fat yogurt (which I will share some other time). You can use whatever kind of plain yogurt you wish.

I added a bit of organic sugar and a sprinkle or two of the vanilla powder. I could not believe that just a little bit of the vanilla powder could give such an amazing aroma and yet delicate flavor to the plain yogurt. I hope you get a chance to try.

If you enjoy this simple twist of berries with yogurt you might want to check on Strawberries and Cream, Frozen Berry Yogurt recipes.

 

Did you know that berries are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient? The berries are loaded with anthocyanins due to the natural bright colors and flavonoids in the seeds and skin.

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