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The Grapes of Health

The Grapes of Health

Shirley Bovshow breaks down the health benefits of wine.


WHERE GRAPES COME FROM / HOW GRAPES GROW:

"Grapes grow in clusters on woody vines like a Thompson Seedless grape plant, and a "Red Flame,” two of the most popular table grapes in America"

  • Grapes grow in full sun and in DEEP, well drained soil
  • Grapes need 150-frost free day growing season with minimum winter temperatures above -25 degrees
  • One plant can grow to 30 feet long and bear 10-12 pounds of grapes per vine; it will need structural support

BESIDES COLOR – HERE ARE SOME OTHER WAYS IN WHICH GRAPES DIFFER:

"There are thousands of different grape varieties cultivated and developed specifically for use in wine, juice, jam, raisins and table grapes:"

  • SUGAR CONTENT: Wine grapes are usually much sweeter than table grapes as sugar levels are directly related to potential alcohol content of wine.
  • SEEDS & SKINS: Wine grapes usually have thicker skins and lots of seeds as these impart the tannins, acids and in red wines- color
  • FLAVOR: Table grapes usually have thinner skins, are seedless and are developed with flavor in mind.
  • THOMPSON SEEDLESS  are #1 drying grapes for raisins, table & wine!

SOME NEW GRAPE VARIETIES AT THE SUPERMARKET:

New grape varieties are the result of hybridizing or grafting two different grape species to produce a new flavor, texture, even shape!

 

Shirley's Favorites:


  • "COTTON CANDY" Tastes just like the candy. Gold color. Sweet with vanilla notes, crunchy and very juicy.
  • "MOON DROPS" Look at the shape- out of this world. Dark purple, long crunchy grapes with concord grape flavor
  • "JELLY DROPS" -Delicious, concord grape flavor without the seed. Same flavor as the famous grape jelly in P&B sandwiches.
  • 'CANDY SWEETS" (Green and red) Amber green grape is petite with sweet flavor and crunchy texture. Plays well with a sharp cheese


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