Grape leaves are the leaves of the grapevine plant. They’re used in several cultures, typically rolled or stuffed with different mixtures. For instance, Dolma is a family of stuffed dishes popular in Ottoman cuisine, and you can make them with several ingredients, including fruits and vegetables.
Additionally, you can cut them into smaller pieces and add them to soups containing other types of greens such as cabbage or collard greens.
If you wish to find grape leaves in a grocery store near you, then you should check the international aisle, where the Mediterranean, Balkan, and Middle East products are stocked. Alternatively, you can check the condiment and canned goods aisle, where you can find canned or jarred grape leaves.
In this article, we’ll reveal what stores sell grape leaves, in which aisle you can usually find them, and how you can use them at home.
What stores sell grape leaves?
Typically, you can find grape leaves in every major retailer or supermarket, including:
- Amazon – One of the best places to find items that are a bit more unusual is Amazon. They have fresh grape leaves, and both the canned and jarred varieties from brands like Yergat and Tazah.
- Walmart – Walmart also has several varieties of grape leaves, including Krinos grape leaves covered in vinegar brine. Other brands like Orlando and Ziyad are also available.
- Whole Foods – Whole Foods is also a place where you can usually find plant-based items quite easily, but unfortunately I only found stuffed grape leaves from brands like Divina and Cedar’s.
- Kroger – Kroger sells grape leaves from sultana vines covered in vinegar brine, however, you can also find stuffed grape leaves from Divina.
- Publix – Publix also has a variety of grape leaves, including Krinos and Peleponnese grape leaves covered in vinegar brine, and Orlando’s jarred grape leaves.
- Safeway – Safeway is yet another supermarket where you’re able find both stuffed grape leaves and jarred leaves covered in brine, typically from brands like Krinos and Reese.
- Ethnic Markets – Markets from Mediterranean, Balkan, and Middle East countries are more likely to have grape leaves available.
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In which aisle can you find grape leaves?
If you’re looking for grape leaves, then the best place to start is the international aisle, where you will find them shelved next to other Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Balkanian products.
If you’re unable to find them in the international aisle, you should look for them in the condiment or canned goods aisle. Here you should be able to find jarred or canned grape leaves next to products like jarred pickles, olives, and other similar products.
In case you’re out of luck, then your best bet is to search for grape leaves online. Retailers like Amazon or Walmart should have them in-stock.
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Ways to use grape leaves
There are a couple of ways in which you can incorporate grape leaves in a delicious recipe, with the most popular way being stuffed grape leaves recipes.
Plant-Based Lebanon Dolmas
As I’ve previously mentioned, Dolmas are a family of stuffed dishes in Ottoman Cuisine, which can be made with a variety of plant-based ingredients like rice, tomatoes, and onions, as well as animal-based ingredients like meat or seafood for those that prefer it.
The recipe above is a Lebanon-inspired recipe using only plant-based ingredients.
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Add Grape Leaves to Salads and Soups
Grape leaves can also be incorporated into salads and soups.
Not only are they low in calories and rich in fiber, but they also contain a decent variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, B, K, A, B6, as well as iron, niacin, riboflavin, manganese, copper, folate, and calcium.
Grape leaves are yet another ingredient you can rely on for making your diet richer and savory.
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