SWEET AND JUICY AND PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS AND ANTIOXIDANTS, GRAPES ARE AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR FRUITS. APART FROM EATEN FRESH, THEY CAN BE CONSUMED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS INCLUDING JAM, RAISIN, JUICE AND WINE. HERE ARE SOME COMMON VARIETIES GROWN AROUND THE WORLD.
VALIANT is large blue grape grown in Alaska and Canada which is usually used to make jam and juice. Valiant has a sweet taste and is available between late August to September.
MOON DROP has a finger-like shape with dark purple skin and flesh that is firm and crunchy. The taste is sweet, but not too sugary. It grows in Central California and is available between late July to late September.
CRIMSON SEEDLESS is firm and sweet with a pleasing tartness. It has a long shelf life and can be recognised by its pale brick red colour. Grown mostly in California, it is available from August to November.
PINOT NOIR is used to make wine and champagne. It has a flavour like ripe cherry and strawberry. Pinot Noir is mainly grown in France, Oregon, New Zealand and California. It is available from August to September.
RIESLING grows in the areas with cooler climates such as Austria, Germany, New York and Canada. Riesling is sweet and versatile so it is often used to make dessert and wine. Normally Riesling is available from August to September, but the ones to make ice wine are picked at first frost, usually October.
CONCORD was developed by Boston native Ephraim Wales Bull in a small farmstead outside of Concord, Massachusetts. Concord has large seeds, and its skin is easy to peel. It is sweet and smells fantastic. Concord grapes are available from August to September.
KYOHO is mostly grown in Japan. It comes in a large size and with a dark black-purple colour. Kyoho, which literally means “Giant Mountain Grape” in Japanese, is available during the summer months of July and August.
SULTANA also known as Thompson Seedless, is a small, light green oval- shaped grape. Originating from the Ottoman Empire and now grown in Turkey, California and Australia, it has a lot of sugar, making them the preferred grape to make into raisins.