Choose and Use
With these simple tips, you’ll be guaranteed a great grape experience.
In the store: 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.
At home: Storing grapes
Grapes can keep for up to two weeks when stored and handled properly. Follow a few simple steps to help keep your grapes at their best:
- Grapes should always be refrigerated to maximize shelf life.
- Store grapes unwashed and dry; rinse just before serving or adding to a recipe.
- Store grapes so that the bunch is not squeezed or compressed as this can damage the berries.
- Like most berries, grapes tend to absorb odors. Try to avoid storing them next to things like green onions or leeks.
Ready, set, enjoy!
Grapes can be eaten fresh, frozen and as 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.
Find hundreds of ideas using our recipe page.