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Delaware grapes have delicate skin that ripens from green to a reddish-purple color, while the interior flesh is a bright, translucent green. The grapes are small, seedless, and extremely juicy, with a sweet flavor profile that is often likened to gummy candy. Delaware grapes are a slip-skin variety, which means that the skin peels off each grape easily. Delaware grapes grow in tight clusters on the Delaware grape vine, which is a vigorous-growing variety with deep green foliage.
Delaware grapes are available in the summer through fall.
Delaware grapes are a cultivar from the wild Vitis lubrusca, or Fox grape, family. They are are a table grape, meaning that they are meant to be consumed when fresh. Delaware grapes are also known as Champagne grapes, thanks to their sweetness. Delaware grapes are high in sugar at 18-20 brix, a measurement of sugar content in produce. Delaware grapes are also used to make wine.
Delaware grapes contain vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, thiamine, iron and calcium.
Delaware grapes are a table grape best enjoyed chilled. They may also be used to decorate desserts, such as cakes or tarts. Although they are a red-skinned grape variety, they are used to make white, rose and sparkling wines. The classic Delaware grape flavor profile in wine is one of delicate sweetness on the palate, with hints of green apple. Store Delaware grapes in a ventilated bag in the refrigerator, where they will last up to a week.
Delaware grapes were called “the best American table grape” in 1907. They also found popularity in Japan, where sweet, juicy fruit commands the highest prices. In Japan, the Shimane Prefecture – a mountainous, coastal area on Honshu Island – is the biggest producer of Delaware grapes. The Japanese appreciate the fact that Delaware grapes have such delicate skin that you can peel each grape just by pinching the berry between two fingers, or suck the grape’s juicy interior right out of its skin. Delaware grapes are a popular seasonal gift in Japan, where giving high-quality fruit to friends, family members or colleagues is an age-old custom.
Delaware grapes have been in cultivation since the middle of the 19th century. They are derived from one of the oldest American varieties of grape, the Vitis lubrusca, which was found growing wild from New England to Georgia. Delaware grapes are less foxy - a common description meaning coarse or sour - in taste than other lubrusca grapes, such as the concord, and thus became more popular as a table grape than as a grape for making wine. Delaware seeded grapes were imported from North America to Japan in the 20th century. By the 1960s, Japanese farmers had developed a seedless variety since the Japanese prefer seedless, easy-to-eat fruit. Delaware grape vines do best in areas with full sunlight and deep, fertile soil.
Recipes that include Delaware Grapes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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