Sweet, juicy grapes, picked at the peak of ripeness, are one of nature's best-tasting treats. In vineyards, greenhouses, and laboratories, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientists seek to bring even better grapes to your shopping cart tomorrow. The USDA ARS laboratory that developed America's most popular red seedless grape, Flame Seedless, has also offered nurseries and breeders a delicious new black seedless grape. Called Black Emerald, the newcomer is a sweet grape with berries about the size of a dime. The flesh is translucent, firm, and almost crisp. Also watch the supermarket for Autumn Seedless, a light-green grape that became available to nurseries and growers in 1984. It is ready for harvest about 2 weeks before Thompson Seedless. USDA photo by Scott Bauer.
May 2, 2014
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