The Crunch Continues
Red Seedless Grapes
Every month we select the best product of the season in terms of taste and freshness. This month, we bring you red seedless grapes as our Featured Product of the Month. There are, of course, many varieties of red seedless grapes. Here are a few red seedless table grapes you find at your neighbor produce stores.
Flame Seedless grapes are one of the most popular grapes to eat fresh. They are round and medium in size. Due to their distinctive sweet flavor, they pair well with cheese and crackers. Flame seedless grapes have a brilliant flame red color, crisp, and firm texture.
Krissy grapes have a wonderful aroma, flavor, and texture. They are round and medium in size with a violet red color. The taste of this grape defines a perfect balance between sweet and tart tones.
Crimson seedless grapes are medium in size with a cylindrical shape and bright red color. They have crisp-juicy texture and excellent sweet flavor. These features make Crimson seedless grapes a choice to eat fresh alone or pair with cheese.
Scarlet Royals grapes are a little different than other red grapes due to their large size, oval shaped, and deep raspberry-like red color. They are remarkably crisp, juicy, and tender with light muscat flavor.
Selecting the best grapes
First of all, we need to know that grapes do not continue to ripen after harvest. It is best to select fresh grapes and eat them soon after purchase.
Here are a few tips when selecting your grapes at Kin’s Farm Market.
The color of red grapes varies from pink to deep red depending on each variety. Ripeness and exposure to sunlight can also affect the color of berries as well. That being said, color can still can be a good indicator of quality. They should be mostly red with no blemish.
The berries should be firm and tightly attached to the stems. Berries that are wet and wrinkled should be avoided. The stems of fresh grapes should be green and flexible.
Bloom is the waxy coating on the berries. This bloom is naturally produced to protect the fruits from moisture loss and decay. They are perfectly safe to eat.
When you brought the grapes home, we recommend spending a few minutes to discard decayed berries before putting the bag in the refrigerator.
In general, red grapes will last up to 2 weeks in a refrigerator, and up to 3 months frozen.
Wash Your Grapes
Grapes should be stored in a refrigerator unwashed to preserve the “bloom” on the berries. Extra moisture from washing can hasten the decay process. We recommend to wash only the right amount which you need to eat or cook. You can use your hands or colander to wash grapes under cool running water for about 30 seconds to a minute. Remove grapes that are broken and showing a sign of decay while you are washing them.
Make them shine
Salt or baking soda is perfect for the job if you like your grapes shiny. Gently rub salt or baking soda on berries, this will clean out the bloom (waxy coating). Wash the berries afterward for that sparkle.
*Never attempt to use soap or detergents to wash off the bloom.