Red, green, purple or black – grapes are an all time favourite and fortunately available year round. Australia and USA are traditional growers of grapes, together the two countries ensure year-round supply. The Australian grape season stretches from November to early May; and USA from May to January.
Most of us are familiar with Thompson and Sugarones/Menindee. Thompson berries are green, large, cylindrical and seedless; much like Sugarones or Menindee grapes in size and colour, though the latter two are oval and elongated.
Red grape varieties include Flame (round, medium-sized berries) and Crimson (cylindrical, medium-sized) – both seedless; and Red Globe (very large, round and seeded berries) and Ralli (pink, medium-large, short to long elliptic seedless berries, with a thick, slightly touch skin and firm crisp flesh. Bunches are medium in size, conical and loose in density).
The two varieties of black grapes most often seen in Singapore when in season are Royal Autumn and Midnight Beauty. Royal Autumn grapes are large, dark purple to black and seedless. The berries are oval, firm and crunchy with good sugar levels. Another dark variety is the Midnight Beauty which is slightly redder than other black grapes. Berries are elongated and large and the variety is seedless, crisp and extremely sweet.
Grapes contain antioxidants and have a high water content, making them excellent for hydration. The ways to consume grapes are endless – enjoy red, green, purple and black grapes on their own or as a jelly, jam or juice…not forgetting wines and raisins!
Grapes keep very well – up to two weeks – when stored and handled properly.
Tips on selecting and keeping your grapes fresh
- Select grapes that are plump, firm to the touch and firmly attached to the stem
- Remove any spoilt grapes before storing
- Store grapes in their original packaging until ready to wash and consume
- Fresh grapes should be refrigerated two hours after serving
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