How to Choose Grapes

A guide on picking the freshest, most delicious grapes

Unlike some fruit, grapes don’t continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested. So try to buy them at the peak of quality and sweetness. Here’s a quick guide on how to pick grapes at your local grocery store.

  • Check the Color
    Color is a good indicator of flavor quality. Green grapes are sweetest when they’re yellow-green in color. Red grapes are best when berries are predominantly red. 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. Wet, moldy, or shriveled berries should be avoided, as this indicates decay. Grapes at their freshest will have green, flexible stems versus dry and brittle ones.
  • Check for Bloom
    If you see a powdery-white coating on your grapes, don’t worry. It’s called “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 grapes easily, but it’s perfectly safe to eat. See our guide on how to wash grapes for information on properly washing grapes before eating.
  • Check the Bag
    On the bag or carton of Sun World grapes you purchase, you’ll find directions on how to wash and store them, along with nutrition and seasonality information.

Once you’ve chosen your grapes, the rest is easy. Grapes purchased at their peak are a delightful treat anytime. Be sure to use them while they’re fresh and try incorporating them into some of the fun and easy ideas on our Recipe Page.