Fresh produce is a treat that we often overlook since we are blessed to be in such a region that supplies so many varieties. But when it’s chilly here in Vancouver, we look elsewhere to continue our quest for fresh produce. This includes lovely Chilean grapes which peak between January to May.

I recently received a Kin’s Farm Market Grab and Go Farm box that I knew existed prior, but never really thought much of until recently with our quarantine. Their market box contains so many fresh, hand picked and perfectly ripe (or about to become ripe) items. There’s a week worth of fruit and vegetables for approximately 2-3 people, but unpacking it seems like it could serve at least 4-6 people no problem.

kins farm market box

In the box were broccoli crowns, cooking onions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, Yukon potatoes, white mushrooms, bananas, lemons, Heirloom oranges, apples, an avocado, Orri Mandarins, Mangoes and of course, the Chilean Muscat Grapes.

Chilean Muscat grapes are certainly different in appearance and taste than any grape I’ve ever encountered. The colour is a fade between green to rosy gold. The taste is sweet and slightly floral.

Some tips for storing grapes:

  1. Refrigerate grapes in the original packaging, avoid overcrowding
  2. Wait to wash your grapes before you eat them
  3. Grapes can store for several weeks

What I love to do with grapes, especially in the summer time is wash them and throw them into the freezer – they’re the perfect frozen treat after a meal.

Overall grapes have great health benefits – although they’re sweet, they have a relatively low glycemic index and are a good source of vitamin K, C and B. They’re packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals which keeps your heart healthy, and good for your digestive, kidney and bone health.

Chile is known for exporting fruit for hundreds of years and is the largest fruit exporter in the Southern Hemisphere exporting more than 2.6 million tons annually. Since they have a counter-seasonal harvest, during our cold months, we are still able to access delicious cherries, blueberries, grapes, apples and so much more.

For more information on Muscat grapes and other Chilean fruit, check out their website here:

For more information on how to order a Kin’s Farm Market Grab and Go Farm box, check out their website here: