Fresh Grapes – Welch’s Fresh

Plump and luscious, the Autumn King seedless grape may soon become your favorite fresh fruit. These green grapes are very large and cylindrical-to-lonjong in shape. They are delicious when eaten fresh or frozen. Slice grapes in half to garnish cheesecakes, or add them to your favorite salads.

Available September through December.

An extremely crisp mid-season white seedless variety, Welch’s® Fresh Ivory grapes have large, uniform oval-elongated berries on loose bunches. Crisp in texture with a sweet, neutral flavor they are a perfect addition to your cheese tray.

Available September and October.

Perlette meaning “little pearl” in French, due to its round, lightly frosted green appearance. Perlettes are firm green grapes with a mild, sweet to slightly tart flavor. Add to salads as a tart topper; include on fruit kabobs with low fat vanilla yogurt dip; or try with Brie cheese and your favorite crackers for a quick appetizer.
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Available in January, May, June, and December.

Nicknamed the champagne of grapes, this is the smallest of all seedless table grapes, growing in tightly packed clusters that are deep magenta with dark blue tones. Black Corinth grapes are best known for garnishing champagne flutes and decorating desserts and cheese trays.

This variety has large red berries that are crisp, firm, sweet, and tart. Freeze and add as ice cubes to sangria or fruit juice; sprinkle with cinnamon and eat as a snack; and don’t forget to include them on your next party cheese plate.

Available in March and April, and September through December.

Welch’s® Fresh Flame Seedless is a relatively new variety, developed by crossing the Thompson Seedless, Cardinal Red grape, and many other varieties. This medium-sized, dark red berry is the second most popular variety in the United States, following its cousin, the Thompson Seedless. This grape gives chicken salad a sweet crunch, or add it to fruit kabobs and serve with a low-fat vanilla yogurt dip for a fun treat.

Available January through March, and May through December.

How do I choose the best grapes?Once grapes are picked they will not ripen further. Look for powdery bloom, more visible on dark grapes—it is a sign of freshness. Use color as a guide to the sweetest fruit.

• Black grapes should be dark blue or purple, almost black.• Red grapes should be predominantly crimson.• Green grapes should tend toward light green rather than opaque grass-green.

Avoid wrinkled, sticky, or discolored grapes on withered, brown, limp, or brittle stems.

How should I store my grapes to maximize freshness?To keep grapes their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. Excess moisture created by washing and then storing can speed up their decay, so wash them only when you’re ready to eat them.

What is the white residue found on grapes?The residue is the waxy coating produced naturally by the grapes, called bloom. Bloom is a delicate white substance common on many soft fruits, such as grapes. The bloom protects the fruits from moisture loss and decay. Simply rinse to remove.

Can I freeze grapes?Yes. To freeze them, de-stem, wash, and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet until frozen. Transfer grapes to a freezer bag or container. Frozen grapes will keep for up to two months.

Are grapes that come from outside of the United States as safe as those grown here?Absolutely! Regardless of their origin, all Welch’s® Fresh grapes must meet strict specifications such as berry size, condition, color, sugar to acid ratios, and bunch size. Plus, Welch’s® grape quality is monitored every step of the way. We use an independent organization to take grape samples and test them for selected residues. Primus Labs are an internationally recognized third-party evaluation and certification organization.