GRAPES – PART TWO
I’m sure you’ve heard that some grapes are used more exclusively for wine and others you’re probably more familiar with are considered table grapes. Even with table grapes, there are over 50 varieties, but we’re looking at ones I’m sure you’re more familiar with.
When you want an enjoyable table grape, most folks prefer this particular seedless variety, the Thompson Seedless Grape. They are light green, oblong shaped, sweet and juicy. Their season June through December so they’re available now. They are the most popular fresh variety grown in the United States. These seedless grapes are the primary variety used for processing into raisins. The Thompson grapes originally came from Iran and were introduced to California in the 1870s.
There are so many varieties of grapes, including white, black, and green grapes, many of which are not available in the United States. Not surprising that ninety-seven percent of the grapes consumed in the United States are grown in California.
The Muscadine grape is one that grows here in the Southeastern United States, in Georgia. You can find it in jellies and wines sold and served at Callaway Gardens Country Store in Pine Mountain, Georgia. It is a much sweeter grape than the other types.
If you’ve ever had a PB&J sandwich, you may have enjoyed it with grape jelly and most likely it was concord grape jelly. Concord grapes are often used for juice and jelly but they make great table grapes as well in spite of the seeds. They are deep purple, almost black, large in size, and extremely sweet. Don’t get the juice on your clothes because it will stain whatever it touches.
Flame grapes are another variety developed in California, and are the result of a cross between Thompson, Cardinal and other grape varieties. Flame grapes along with Thompson grapes are the most popular varieties. These grapes are seedless, sweet-tart taste, crunchy texture and available May through December.
Grapes contain many healthy vitamins and minerals—Vitamin K, C, B1 and B6, as well as manganese and potassium. Because of grapes’ sugar content, many watching their sugar intake should use caution in not eating too many. It shouldn’t surprise us that God created a delicious fruit full of health-giving life, contain antioxidants and have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. They also provide flavanols, carotenoids, and phenolic acids as well as other nutrients necessarily for healthy bodies. Enjoy some healthy grapes this week.