Carnival Sweetness – Cotton Candy Grapes
Summer is all about produce, which is why I can’t get enough of the fruits and veggies that are available for just a short time more. Now, thanks to Grapery, I can satisfy my sweet tooth with grapes that taste like candy! Perfect for when you need a treat but don’t want to sabotage your beach bod, these grapes look and smell just like regular green grapes but taste exactly like sugary, fluffy cotton candy. Can you say – guilt-free snacking!
The Cotton Candy grape is a hybrid variety created by horticulturist David Cain and his team at the International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield, California. The carnival-taste isn’t the product of genetic engineering or artificial flavors, but rather the result of regular plant breeding. This process can take anywhere from six to 15 years, according to Cain. To make the Cotton Candy grape, Cain and his colleagues hybridized two grape species: a type of Concord-like grape (the grape used in Welch’s jams, jellies and juices) and a variety of Vitis vinifera, a common grape found at grocery stores across the country.
This hot-ticket fruit is perfect for cheese boards, fruit plates or an anytime snack! The Cotton Candy grape has already developed a cult-like following with fans young and old (myself included), who eagerly awaited their arrival in stores earlier this month. But get them while you can as they have a short season, only being available until late September.
To see if a grocery store near you carries these mess-with-your-taste buds grapes, visit https://www.grapery.biz/index.php/find-our-grapes
By Rebecca W