Commercially grown grapes fall into two categories: intended for raw consumption in the form of fruit and for the production of wine. In today's article we will look at how these two types of grapes differ with each other with a brief overview of why grapes can also be useful.
Grapes intended for consumption as a fruit or so-called Dessert grape is so tempting that it often finds place in our shopping basket. But what is different from what is used for wine production? Although most European wine varieties belong to the same species as the Vitis vinifera, they are quite different in many respects.
We asked our wine expert, master Sommer Franco Kramer, to explain what the difference is:
"Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to taste freshly harvested grapes will find that what is used to make our wonderful wines is not as tasty as what we buy as a fruit. The reason for this is that selective cultivation has led to the formation of two completely different grape varieties: dessert and wine. In the development of varieties intended for direct consumption in the form of fruit, emphasis is placed on the cultivation of larger fruit with lower acidity and ideally without seeds to increase the enjoyment. Unlike the dessert, grapes intended for "drinking", which are pressed to produce wine, are smaller in size and have a thicker skin (which adds flavor). In addition, varieties used in wine production, even when fully ripened, have a higher acidity, as this is a prerequisite for producing a well-balanced wine at the time of pressing itself."
Grapes: Healthier than you think
Since the dessert grape is not a fruit that continues to mature after it has been removed, the harvest must be harvested when it is ripe. Needless to say, taste is the best when it's fresh, and that the content of vitamins is then the highest. In this connection, table grapes contain useful elements for the human body such as vitamin C, rich in glucose.
Glucose is readily absorbed by the bloodstream and thus increases body energy - an accelerating dose of glucose is especially useful when physical and mental energy is needed, especially in stressful situations.
So, the next time you need an energy nutrition injection, why not grab a handful of grapes instead of chocolate?!
Not just fresh pleasure
Dessert grapes are not just a tasty fruit. It can also be used as a fantastic topping for cakes and pastries. It is also perfect for making jam. And dried grapes, known as raisins, can be used in an infinite variety of options - an ideal addition to muesli, a perfect snack for more energy, and a great addition to a variety of bakes and pulses. Grapes are also very suited for juicing and seed oil, and you may be surprised to learn that these two products are mainly made from wine grape varieties rather than dessert.
How to Keep Grapes Fresh for Longer Time
If you have grapes remaining after you have decided to eat some of it as fresh fruit, put it in a refrigerator. There it will preserve quality and extend its shelf life. Grapes can be stored for up to 12 days in a standard refrigerator and for up to 29 days in a BioFresh compartment, which has many Liebherr refrigerators.
And although grape varieties and grape varieties differ from one another, no matter how you choose to enjoy it - like a large and juicy fruit or as a glass of fine wine - you will not be disappointed.