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Wild Grapes! (Foraging)

Found these in a secret spot in my neighborhood!

"Wild grape leaves are an edible, leafy green species that grow prolifically throughout the world in a variety of different climate zones. They are a robust and hearty wild plant that can be found most anywhere that wine grapes are cultivated.⁣

Wild leaves are frequently utilized as a type of wrap to hold an assortment of food fillings, often referred to as "stuffed grape leaves" in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultural dishes. This is by far the number one way to eat the leaves, which are typically pickled to provide a tender, flexible tortilla-like wrapper⁣

The young leaves harvested early in the season can also be consumed raw or as a steamed leafy green and have a pleasant citrus-like flavor. But, because the grape leaf becomes less palatable as it matures, it is frequently prepared using canning or fermentation techniques.⁣

All parts of the wild grape plant are edible, excluding the roots.⁣

The sweeter wild grapes can be dried whole, like raisins, or seeded and puréed for dehydrated fruit roll ups. When juiced they make a delicious preserved jelly, raw chia seed jam or can be used in homemade syrups. ⁣

Like muscadine grapes, most wild grapes have a thick dark skin which is an indication of concentrated amounts of antioxidants, like anthocyanins and resveratrol. ⁣

Nutritionally, grapes are amazing. They contain resveratrol that increases longevity, antioxidants and antioxidant phytonutrients; and wild edible grapes also contain vitamins B1, B6, C, manganese and potassium.⁣

It’s important to remember that the grape seed and the skin contain the richest concentration of antioxidants."⁣

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