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All About
Grapes

For more than two centuries,
Californians have been cultivating grapes

Grapes have been around a long, long time – in fact, the first grape varieties date as far back as 6000 B.C. In California, the fresh grape boom hit in 1839 when a former trapper from Kentucky, William Wolfskill, planted the state’s first table grape vineyard in the Mexican colonial pueblo now known as Los Angeles. An agricultural entrepreneur, Wolfskill was the first farmer to ship fresh grapes to Northern California. R.B. Blowers expanded the idea and sent the first 22-pound box of California grapes to Chicago via the new transcontinental railroad in 1869.
Green Grapes on Vine

Grapes Today

The gold rush may have ended, but the grape rush continues. Today, over 99 percent of grapes commercially grown in the United States come from California. With over 85 varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors – green, red and black – and are available May through January. During the 2016 season, California’s table grape growers harvested their third largest crop ever, sending over 110 million boxes of grapes to more than 55 countries around the world, and settling a new record for crop value at $1.85 billion.

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Committed to quality

California’s table grape growers are committed to giving you the best tasting, highest quality grapes in the world, so we apply the highest standards of production to every vine we grow. Our grapes are cultivated, picked, packed and transported with the greatest care to ensure the berries you enjoy arrive in just-picked condition: plump, juicy and perfect.

HOW TO select and enjoy

With these simple tips, you'll be guaranteed a great grape experience:

Purple Bloom Grapes

Selecting Grapes

Look for grape bunches with green, pliable stems and plump berries.  Do you see a powdery-white coating on the grapes?  That’s bloom and it’s good!  Bloom is a naturally occurring substance that protects grapes from moisture loss and decay. Green, red or black…which color should you choose?  Try them all to experience different flavors and textures.

Bowl of Grapes

Storing Grapes

Grapes can keep for up to two weeks when following a few simple steps:

  • Always refrigerate for maximum shelf life
  • Store unwashed and dry; rinse before serving
  • Avoid storing compressed or squeezed
  • To avoid odor absorption, do not store grapes next to onions or leeks

 

Grapes for Breakfast

Enjoying Grapes

Grapes can be eaten fresh or frozen and are a wonderful addition of flavor and texture to anything from salads to sides, drinks to desserts. Whether sautéed, roasted, grilled or even pickled, grapes make it easy for anyone to take their snacks and meals to the next level.

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