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Grapes

grapes-categoryThe combination of unique texture and sweet, tart flavor has made grapes an ever popular between-meal snack as well as a refreshing addition to salads and cheese plates. Like blueberries, grapes are often covered by a protective, whitish bloom. Grapes that are eaten as is or used in a recipe are called table grapes and as opposed to wine grapes (used in viniculture) or raisin grapes (used to make dried fruit). In the United States, well over 90% of all commercially grown table grapes come from California, where over 700,000 acres of grapes (including table, wine, and raisin grapes) are in cultivation. Nearly 2 billion pounds of table grapes come from these 700,000 acres each year! Early in the year, from January to April, U.S. consumers depend upon imported grapes, including imports from South American countries like Chile. During May and June, imported Mexican grapes are widely available. After June, California grape production takes over the commercial marketplace in the U.S.

Grapes - Black Monukka

Grapes - Black Monukka

The Black Monukka is a medium sized black seedless table grape with tender skin and an excellent crisp, sweet flavor.

Grapes - Champagne aka Zante Currants

Grapes - Champagne aka Zante Currants

Champagne grapes are the small, seedless grape variety, Black Corinth. When eaten fresh, they are known as a table grape.

Grapes - Muscat

Grapes - Muscat

Muscat grapes are intensely sweet with a pronounced floral aroma. Their color ranges from white to almost black with a rich, spicy, and musky flavor that separates them from other table grapes.

Grapes- Concord

Grapes- Concord

The skin of a Concord grape is typically dark blue or purple, and often is covered with a lighter-colored "bloom" which can be rubbed off.