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Do you ever know when buying grapes if they will be good?

Whenever I buy grapes I never really know if they will taste good or bad, I just cross my fingers and hope. How are you supposed to know?

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i taste one in the shop.

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I pop one in my mouth, even Oprah says she does it! Tired of getting home with sour grapes...

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oarkergreatdane
Ha! Me too! :D
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ClaraListensprechen

It depends on the type of grape. A rule of thumb is that the deeper/darker in color they are, the riper they are, but mind that you don't buy over-ripe ones either. Examine the bottom of the container for evidence of mold and/or squashed grapes. Distended grapes on the bottom indicate that they're no longer crisp, either, and they're more rubbery.

Green (white) seedless grapes don't go by this rule--the deeper the green they are, the less ripe they are. You're looking for a yellow tinge, and the yellower it is the riper (sweeter) they are. Again, don't buy them over-ripe by examining the bottom like you do for other grapes.

If the grapes fall off the stem too easily, they've been in storage too long, or they're over-ripe. They're just right when only a few pull loose while handling. Stems shouldn't look terribly dried out either, as this indicates being in storage too long too.

White powdery look is okay, it's natural.

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Look, look, and look again. Look at the coloring of the grape. Don't worry about the white coating, that is supposed to be there. Is the grape the right color?

Look to see if the grapes are bruised. Look to see if 95% the grapes are still on the stem.

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