March 1, 2012
Makes 6-8 servings 2 pounds red seedless grapes, stems removed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper (optional) 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, toss the grapes with the olive oil, salt, and pepper, if using. 2. Arrange the grapes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast until the grapes have wilted and given off much of their juices, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
April 23, 1988 |
The ship Bizen Reefer unloaded its cargo of Chilean grapes yesterday at Holt Marine Terminal in Gloucester City. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in efforts to protect California grape growers, has ruled that no more Chilean grapes will be allowed through Philadelphia's ports this season. For the Port of Philadelphia, it's the end of a key part of the year. About two-thirds of all grapes exported to the United States from Chile arrive at the region's ports.
January 26, 1987 |
Philadelphia officials are mounting a lobbying campaign to make fruit salad out of a federal proposal that would limit local winter imports of grapes from Chile. The lobbying is aimed at stopping a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to restrict duty-free imports of grapes, one small salvo in a growing international trade battle. Chilean fruit imports in the past four years have become one of the biggest money-making imports on the Delaware River waterfront, with grapes accounting for about 70 percent of the growing winter fruit and vegetable imports, according to Philadelphia Port Corp.
September 18, 2003 |
Fall table grapes are abundant in local stores now, and it's hard to resist buying a bunch. These days, any flame-colored grapes that make it past afternoon snack time at my house go into a dessert that's cool to look at and cooling to eat: a tangy ice or a grape tart. A long-ago issue of Sunset magazine inspired my idea for a lightened grape tart. A cook had mounded the crimson-hued grapes in a golden tart shell, topping them with a layer of creamy filling, then glazing with homemade port wine jelly.
October 26, 1986 |
An unusual growing season has produced a 1986 California wine-grape crop smaller than last year's, but one pronounced by vintners as superior in quality. The annual harvest and crush weighed in at 2.7 million tons, about 4 percent below last year's, the California trade's Wine Institute reported Wednesday. Growers said they were enthusiastic over prospects for the vintage. At Zaca Mesa Winery near Santa Barbara, assistant winemaker Chuck Carlson called the new grapes "one of the most well-rounded, balanced harvests we've had. " The growing season got off to a midwinter start, thanks to an unseasonal warm spell.
March 16, 1989 |
Two card games in a dark, grimy, longshoremen's hiring hall in South Philadelphia was where the only money could be found for about a dozen dockworkers yesterday. Normally, they'd be making about $18-an-hour unloading cases of imported Chilean fruit. But those jobs came to a sudden halt Monday night, when the federal Food and Drug Administration impounded Chilean fruit following the discovery of two poisoned grapes. As a result, 110 dockworkers left the hiring hall at International Longshoremen's Association Local 1291 without work yesterday morning.
April 8, 1987 |
U.S. District Court Judge John P. Fullam yesterday rejected a bid by Chilean grape growers and American fruit importers for an injunction to halt the imposition of tough quality standards on table grapes imported from Chile. Lawyers for the Chilean interests had said the standards would cut the volume of grapes imported to the United States, most of which move through the port of Philadelphia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sets the standards, is planning to make them effective on April 20, rather than May 1 - the date they are normally imposed each year.
September 8, 2002 |
For years, the wine that Tony Valenzano Sr. and sons Anthony and Mark made from the grapes they grew was only a hobby. The real crops on the family farm in this Burlington County community were alfalfa and hay, not to mention the pigs, cows, steers, quail and pheasant they raised to sell. These days, the farm has a new look - and a new name to go with it. The Valenzano farm is now Valenzano Winery, one of 17 commercial wineries in New Jersey. More and more farmers are turning to the profitable production of wine grapes, while trying to overcome a perception that Jersey wines are not as good as those from other regions.
December 30, 1987 |
The Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that it would not permit table grapes to be shipped or imported in 1988 if they contain detectable residues of sulfite compounds. The compounds, which help prevent spoilage, can cause deadly allergic reactions in some people. EPA spokesman Dave Cohen said the new rule, which goes into effect Friday, requires growers to test their grapes and certify that the amount of sulfites on them is less than 10 parts per million. Although that is considered the level of detectability, no safe level has been found for the compounds, according to an officer of a consumer group that has fought the EPA for 18 months over the sulfite rules for grapes.
March 19, 1987 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture tomorrow will issue a new regulation that will restrict the import of Chilean grapes to the United States, most of which are shipped through the Port of Philadelphia. The rule, a compromise between restrictions sought by California grape growers and the unrestrained trade endorsed by Chilean growers, means there could be about 18 million fewer pounds of Chilean grapes available to consumers this year. The grapes have a retail value of $54 million.