AUSTRALIAN grapes are versatile, the perfect anytime snack or addition to a sweet or savory recipe for a refreshing twist. Some ways to enjoy them are:

• Cut grapes in half, freeze, and use instead of ice as a natural way to chill and sweeten drinks;

• Match fresh grapes with specialty cheese, especially soft cheeses such as brie or camembert to create an impressive and well balanced platter for family and friends; and,

• Dip grapes in melted dark chocolate for a satisfying sweet treat.

Here are some tips on how to choose and store fresh grades:

• When buying grapes, reach for firm, plump clusters that are securely attached to green stems;

• Look for a silvery coating on grapes. This is the natural bloom (not dust) that protects the fruit and is an indicator of freshness ;

• Store grapes in an airtight container in the crisper draw of your refrigerator for up to two weeks

• Rinse grapes before eating and serve slightly chilled to enhance grapes natural crispness.

Top tip: Australian grapes have a thin and crisp skin so there is no need to peel the fruit.

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