What are Cotton Candy Grapes ?
A fairly new breed of green grape that tastes like cotton candy. No it's not a GMO or genetically engineered it is simply the product of some rigorous good old fashioned plant breeding. International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield, California, a private company is responsible for this novel addition to the worlds reservoire of grapes.
Horticulturists lead by David Cain crossed a Concord style grape and a common grape not unlike those found in the produce section of your local supermarket. The result was an intensely sweet large green grape that tastes like cotton candy.
Seedless grapes, which is what Cain and his colleagues at International Fruit Genetics used, can't reproduce naturally so horticulturalists had to remove the grapes embryos from the plants and transfer them to test tubes. They were grown in the tubes and later planted in a field.
International Fruit Genetics researchers are also breeding hybrid grapes that taste like other fruits, mango, strawberry, pineapple and so forth, but don't expect any immediate results "The whole process takes at least six years and sometimes up to 15 years" as per Cain.
The distributor of these grapes "The Grapery" also peddles similar products such as Flavor Promise, gumm drops and Flavor Pops grapes.
Finding Cotton Candy Grape Vines to Plant
If you'd like to try growing these grapes yourself, well good luck finding some for sale. You might be fortunate enough to get your hands on some cuttings. As per the patent holder, the grapery, "It's always great to know that our efforts are appreciated, and we thank you for your interest. However, our unique vines [Cotton Candy] are patented and unavailable for sale or licensing."
It is possible to grow grapevines from the stems of supermarket grapes, I didn't say it was easy, just possible. If you locate a retailer selling these grapes be sure to select a bunch with the heftiest and healthiest looking vine possible, and expect a high failure rate.
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