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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