Table Grapes — Dessert Grapes

Family:
Vitaceae = Ampelidaceae – Grapevine family
Species:
Vitis vinifera

Whether wine or table grapes — there is hardly a fruit whose juice is entwined around more legends, myths, songs, poems and stories.

Origin

The European grape vine of today descends from the wild vine, which was originally resident in the region around the Caspian Sea. Wine made from grapes was made back as far as the time of the Ancient Egyptians. From time out of the mind, grapes were always looked upon as a precious gift of nature. The Romans finally distributed the common grape vine into the entire Mediterranean. The colonial empires spread the European common grape to other continents.

Today, the common grape vine can be found in almost all regions across the globe. However, due to the warm and moderate climate, the common grape vine best prospers in the Mediterranean. The commercial relevance of the fruit is important in this region.

Fruit

Depending on the variety, berries are roundish, oval or pear-shaped. Also depending on the variety, the colour chart varies from greenish, yellowish and amber to rose, red, blue or black-blue. The pulp can be more or less rich in colour and contain small or large seeds, depending on the variety.

Classification

Importations

Table grapes are to be found all year round in the Austrian markets. In the early part of the season, Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey supply us with table grapes, while deliveries from South Africa, Chile, Argentina and Brazil primarily meet our needs during the winter months.

Maturity

In our region, table grapes mature, depending on the variety, between the end of August to the end of October.

Ingredients

Species and Varieties

On one hand, the versatile offer of table grapes is categorized based on the bowl color into white grapes and red grapes and, on the other hand, based on the number of seeds they contain, are split into varieties with seeds and seedless varieties.