Grape Hints and Tips

And now, another episode in our regularly scheduled publication of our “Things that are worth remembering when buying food” series.

  • Grapes do not continue to ripen after being picked.
  • Choose Grapes that are plump, full colored and still attached to the stem.
  • Green grapes are ripe when they have a pale yellow hue.
  • Red or Dark Grapes should have little or no greening (depending upon the variety).
  • Avoid grapes with bruises,soft spots or discoloration.
  • Avoid grape bunches that have several grapes that fall off when you pick up the bunch.
  • The stem of the grapes should be green and pliable.
  • Grapes can be stored at room temperature for 1 week.
  • Grapes can be stored in the refrigerator for 10 days.
  • Many varieties of grapes have a white powder coating known as a ‘bloom’, which helps to keep the grapes moist. Avoid washing off until just before using.
  • Thoroughly wash grapes before using.
  • The ideal serving temperature for grapes is 60 degrees F.
  • When cooking with grapes, choose the red varietals over the greens, as they tend to hold their shape better.

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