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Grape leaves
Why Eat It
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Why Eat It

Young, tender grape leaves are used as a wrapper for rice and other fillings in Greek and Middle Eastern cooking. The leaves are also used to wrap some French cheeses, and to protect small game birds from the intense heat of broiling or grilling. Bottled or canned grape leaves are sold in Greek and Middle Eastern groceries. If you have grapes growing on your property, you can use your own leaves as long as they are unsprayed. Fresh leaves should be blanched or steamed to soften them; canned leaves, usually packed in brine, should be rinsed to reduce the sodium content. One way to enjoy grape leaves is to fill each one with a spoonful of stuffing made from cooked rice, currants or pine nuts, lemon zest, and dill, then fold the leaves around the filling and place them snugly in a pan so they do not unfold. Poach the wrapped rolls in broth, then chill and serve cold.

Nutrition Chart

Bottled Grape Leaves/5 medium

14
Total fat (g)
0.4
Saturated fat (g)
1
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.2
Dietary fiber (g)
--
1
Carbohydrate (g)
2
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
571
Manganese (mg)
0.4


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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