cotton candy grapes

Try It: Cotton Candy Grapes

This naturally-grown seasonal fruit has a flavor that mimics a classic sweet.

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TODAY'S TOPIC: A NICHE GRAPE THAT TASTES LIKE DESSERT

THE GIST
In California’s San Joaquin Valley, Jim Beagle, CEO of produce company Grapery, harvests lesser-known grapes such as gum drops, moon drops, and cotton candy, the latter of which are available from the end of August to mid-September. 
EXPERT INSIGHT

Cotton candy grapes are grown naturally without genetic modification and they taste just like the sweet treat you loved as a child. “We continuously experimented by trying out a wide range of cross-pollination combinations until we achieved the astonishing flavor,” explains Beagle. Delano, California-based horticulturist David Cain, Ph.D., then patented the fruit with International Fruit Genetics (IFG) and licensed growers around the world like Grapery to distribute the product. (IFG was established in 2001 to breed new varieties of grapes under Cain's direction.) 

What is more, the designer flavor doesn’t take away from the nutritional properties and these grapes are still a good source of fiber and rich in B vitamins.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Find a store that carries cotton candy grapes before the season ends and indulge guilt-free.