How to Choose Grapes

A guide on picking the freshest, most delicious grapes

Unlike some fruits, grapes do not continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested. Therefore, they should be purchased at peak quality and sweetness. To help with your grape selection, here is a quick guide of how to pick grapes when shopping at your local grocery store.
How to Choose Grapes


    • Check the Color:
      When picking grapes color is a good indicator of the eating experience you can expect. Green grapes are the sweetest and best flavored when they are yellow-green in color. Red grapes are best when the berries are predominantly red, and black grapes will be most flavorful when they have a full, rich color.
    • Check the Condition of Berries & Stems:
      Grapes should be firm, plump and firmly attached to the stems. Berries that are wet, moldy, or shriveled at the stem attachment should be avoided, as they indicate decay. If grapes are at their freshest, the stems will be green and flexible versus dry and brittle.
    • Check for Bloom:
      If you see a powdery-white coating on your grapes, don’t worry – it’s bloom and it’s a good sign! Bloom is a naturally occurring substance that protects grapes from moisture loss and decay. It may not wash off your grapes easily, but thankfully it is perfectly safe to eat. See our guide on how to wash grapes for more information on how to properly wash your grapes before eating.
    • Check the Bag:
      When you purchase Sun World grapes, our bags not only provide you with directions on how to wash and store grapes but you’ll also be provided with nutrition and seasonality information.

Once you know how to pick grapes, the rest is easy! When purchased at their freshest and tastiest, grapes are a delightful treat and wonderful addition to any meal. To make the most of your grapes selection, use them while they’re fresh and incorporate your grapes into fun and easy recipes! Whether it’s for breakfast, dinner or dessert, our Recipe Page has tons of new ideas for you to try.

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