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Are Grape Leaves Nutritious?

Updated on August 4, 2014
Grapes from the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Grapes from the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico | Source

Caravaggio's Bacchus

"Bacchus"  wearing a crown of grape leaves ... by Caravaggio
"Bacchus" wearing a crown of grape leaves ... by Caravaggio | Source

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Grape Leaves in Cooking

In culinary cooking, the main use for grape leaves is as a healthier wrap alternative for food rather than egg roll wrappers or phyllo dough. Grape leaves are a good source of minerals and vitamins, and have a macronutrient value, which is low in fat and easy on the caloric in-take.

The use of grape leaves are very common in the eastern world. Especially in places like Greece and the Middle East where stuffed grapes leaves are the favored appetizer dish. In ancient times, wrapped grape leaves were tangy and sweet, having a mixture of rice and lamb meat, and sometimes even fig as it is used in modern day.

The ancient Greeks believed that grape leaves symbolized prosperity, and if by chance you may recall viewing Grecian art work, you might have seen victorious Olympic figures adorned with grape leaf crowns atop their heads. The grape leaf was considered the chosen attire of the Gods, and for this reason, the color green is the Greek nation's revered color.

I personally enjoy eating stuffed grape leaves. The popularity of "Dolmas" is so huge that you can find these wrapped grape leaves at your favorite Mediterranean restaurant or now days even in your local grocery delicatessen. I've found that once you've acquired a taste for Dolmas, it's really hard to stop! Try it with a side of grilled eggplant ...

Sample of Greek Food

Greek food exhibiting dolmades
Greek food exhibiting dolmades | Source

Armenian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Armenian Leaf Sarma
Armenian Leaf Sarma | Source

How to Make Dolmades

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado


    Grape leaves with goat's cheese ... that doesn't sound too bad. I don't know about the UK, but here in the states, you can buy grape leaves by the jar packed with brine.


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    diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

    I wonder where you buy them in the UK? I think I have had them with goat's cheese in Mexico but am not sure.


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