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Seasonal Fruit Guide

The Grapes of Mirth: When and What to Buy for Maximum Juicy Deliciousness

by Nicholas Karatzas 17 Dec 2022

Ah, grapes – the juicy fruit of summer that brings with it a sense of satisfaction like no other. Whether you’re snacking on them while lounging in the sun, or serving them as part of an amazing cheese platter, there is no denying their deliciousness. But when is the best time to buy grapes? And what type should you get? Read on to find out!

The Best Time To Buy Grapes

Grapes are typically harvested in late summer and early fall, which makes them an excellent choice for holiday gifting. The most popular types of grapes include seedless varieties like Thompson seedless and Flame Seedless, which can be bought from August through October. Other types include Concord grapes (harvested in September), Muscat grapes (harvested in June-July), and Black Corinthian grapes (harvested in July-August). Some specialty varieties can also be found throughout the year, such as Champagne grapes, Muscadines, and even some heirloom varieties.

When shopping for grapes, make sure to look for bright colors with taut skin that isn’t shriveled. If you plan on eating your grapes right away, opt for ones that have an aromatic smell and feel heavier than expected. If you plan on storing your grapes longer term, select ones that are slightly underripe with only a hint of green at the stem end. You’ll want to avoid any that have soft spots or visible mold or fungi.

Gifting Grapes

Grapes make great gifts because they are both delicious and beautiful - plus they won’t break the bank! Packaged up in a festive basket or bowl with some gourmet cheeses or spreads, they make a wonderful gift for any occasion. If you don’t have time to create your own gift basket, many online retailers offer pre-made baskets filled with seasonal fruits like apples, pears and oranges along with gourmet cheeses and snacks - perfect for those last minute gifts!

No matter what season it is or what kind of grape you choose, there’s one thing we can all agree on: nothing beats the sweet taste of fresh grapes when they’re ripe! Whether you’re buying them for yourself or giving them as a gift this holiday season, take some time to pick out top quality produce so you can enjoy their juicy goodness at its peak flavor. Happy grape shopping!

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