Choose and Use
With these simple tips, you’ll be guaranteed a great grape experience.
In the store: Selecting Grapes
Look for grapes with green, pliable stems and plump berries. 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 blue-black…which color should you choose? Try them all to experience different flavors and textures. Learn more about California grape varieties by clicking here.
At home: Storing grapes
Grapes keep for up to two weeks when stored and handled properly. Follow a few simple steps and you’ll be able to enjoy every grape on the bunch.
- Grapes should always be refrigerated to maximize shelf life.
- Store grapes unwashed; rinse just before serving or adding to a recipe.
- 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.