From Concord to Emperor, there are so many delicious grape varieties available.
Whether tossed in a salad, baked into a dessert, or straight off the vine, these bite-size globes are packed with flavor.
Bursting with fiber, vitamin C, and loads of antioxidants, this fruit packs a nutritional punch as big as flavor. Grapes make an ideal portable snack in less than 100 calories per cup.
Look for firm grapes that are brightly colored and securely attached to their stems. Avoid bundles with wrinkled, dull skin or packages that have a lot of fruit floating at the bottom of the bag. When all else fails, try one.
Although there are thousands of varieties of grapes, the most popular are Thompson and Emperor seedless. Thompson grapes are sweet and crisp with vibrant green skin, amazing for snacking. Emperor red grapes have a sweet and tart flavor and are super juicy, making them great for baking.
Emperor or Flame: With their sweet flavor and long shelf life, these large seedless grapes are one of the most popular varieties.
Thompson Green: In America, 90% of these classic green grapes are produced in California. They are used for snacking, making wine, and raisins.
Concord: Created in Concord, Massachusetts, these grapes are known for their thick, blush skin and sweet candy-like flavor.
Freeze Them: Pick grapes off the vine and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Freeze overnight for a healthy, frosty treat.
Bake Them: To make raisins at home, cook grapes for 30 seconds in boiling water and place in a bowl of ice water. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and place grapes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake until they have dried out completely. Toss grapes halfway through to prevent sticking.
Blend Them: Blend grapes with a bit of water and pour through a fine mesh strainer for a fresh glass of grape juice.
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