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Glyko Stafyli (Greek Grape Preserve)

Glyko Stafyli (Greek Grape Preserve)

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Glyko stafyli or grape preserve are candied grapes in syrup. It is a quick and easy confection to make.

You can serve it as it is or used it in other desserts. 

Grape spoon sweet photo

This time of the year the grapes are very cheap so apart from making moustalevria or moustokouloura, you can make it into fruit preserve and use it in lots of recipes like cheesecake, panna cotta, eat it plain as it is or with Greek yoghurt etc.

A stall with sultana grapes image

When the grapes fall off the bunch, here in Greece at the farmers’ market they collect them and sell them very cheap. 

A bunch of sultana grapes image

When I saw a large bowl full of sultana grapes, they looked very good, so after washing them I separated the big grapes to make the spoon sweet and used the smaller ones to get the juice.

Grapes washed in a colander image

Traditionally, no grape juice is used in making grape spoon sweet.  The grapes are usually covered with the sugar and left overnight to release some juice and wet the sugar.   In this case less syrup is produced.  

As I prefer more syrup which I use in lots of dessert recipes, I add some grape juice as well.

Grape preserve in a vase image

This way I expedited the procedure and made the spoon sweet immediately, as the juice helped to dissolve the sugar. 

If you use grape juice, you must bear in mind that this time of the year grapes are very sweet, so you can reduce the sugar, unless you like the syrup to be very sweet.

Fragrant geraniums arbaroriza in preserve image

If you can’t find fragrant geranium leaves, you may use vanilla or cinnamon stick and cloves to flavour the syrup.

Collage Grape spoon sweet image

Yesterday, I made Fig Jam with Lemon, Rum and Cinnamon and as I will not find time to make another post soon, I updated a previous post I had on Fig Jam.  This jam is really very easy to make and it tastes fantastic.

Yesterday I also made Glyko Kydoni (Quince) and have updated the recipes with some notes and new photos.

Glyko stafyli in small plate and vase image

Glyko Stafyli (Greek Grape Preserve)

Yield: 1 litre
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Glyko stafyli or grape preserve are candied grapes in syrup. It is a quick and easy confection to make,


  • 1.500 grams sultana grapes (after destemming)
  • 2 cups grape juice (using 500 grams grapes)
  • 800 grams granulated sugar (if the grapes are tart, add more)
  • 4 fragrant geranium leaves (or ½ tsp vanilla essence)
  • 1 lemon (both peel and juice)


  1. Wash the grapes well and remove the stems  Weigh the grapes and put them in a colander but they do not have to dry completely.
  2. In a food processor or a juicer, extract the juice from the 500 grams of grapes and pass it through a sieve.
  3. Put the sugar and grape juice in a large pot and with a wooden spoon or spatula mix until the sugar dissolves 
  4. Put it on the heat and keep mixing for about 5 minutes until the granules of the sugar dissolve 
  5. Remove from the heat and put the remaining grape berries in the pot  Let them sit in the syrup for about an hour.
  6. After the resting time check with the spoon to see if the sugar has crystallized again at the bottom of the pot and gently mix until it dissolves 
  7. On high heat bring to boil and mix continuously for five minutes  You will see froth forming on top but as you continue mixing it will go away.
  8. After mixing for 5 minutes remove the grapes with a slotted ladle in a colander  Put the drained juices back in the pot and add the lemon peel and fragrant geranium.
  9. Simmer for about 45 minutes until the syrup is ready, making sure that you are not far away as it may overflow  (If you have a thermometre, it should reach 150oC).
  10. At the end add the lemon juice and mix  Return the grapes back in the syrup, mix for 1 minute and then remove from the heat.
  1. When completely cold, store in sterilized jars. (You do not have to remove the geranium leaves as they add extra aroma).
  2. Store in a cupboard.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1.5 kilo Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1914Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 32mgCarbohydrates 493gFiber 4gSugar 482gProtein 3g

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Fruit Preserves (Glyka tou Koutaliou)

Fruit preserves, called "glyka tou koutaliou", served in little plates, are an inherent part of Greek culture, where they are offered to guests, as an act of hospitality. Almost any fruit, even vegetables, flowers and nuts can be made into a preserve.

Here is a selection of my favourite fruit preserves.

Collage Glyko Stafyli (Grape Preserve) image

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Monday 25th of October 2010

This sounds so good! I have bookmarked your poached grapes, and still did not get an opportunity to make any :-( My recent post Barley and Spinach Fall Salad with Maple Syrup Vinaigrette


Tuesday 12th of October 2010

This grape spoon sweet sounds so good! Love the idea of flavoring with geranium leaves!

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Sunday 10th of October 2010

This looks so good! My recent post Pistachio Mon Chéri Brownies


Saturday 9th of October 2010

grapes preserve,wow,looks amazing,we have sultana grapes here,from greece,of course,i think i will make this! My recent post O SUPA DE TOAMNA AUTUMN SOUP


Saturday 9th of October 2010

Flavoring with geranium leaves sounds lovely! I'd like to grow some various types of geraniums for culinary use. Your fig jam sounds delicious too!

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