Cotton Candy grapes
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Cotton Candy grapes are a variety of sweet white
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. The grapes were developed by horticulturist David Cain and his team at Bakersfield, California-based fruit breeder International Fruit Genetics (IFG). The grapes are produced in California by grower Grapery, which began selling them in 2011.


Development

David Cain was a fruit geneticist and former USDA researcher who co-founded IFG in Bakersfield in 2001. A few months after forming the company, he attended a trade show where researchers from the University of Arkansas were showing grapes. One was a purple Concord grape that tasted sweet like cotton candy, but was fragile with tiny seeds. He licensed that grape and began working to improve the size and texture by crossbreeding the grapes with sturdier California grapes. He hand-pollination, hand pollinated to Pollination#Mechanics, cross pollinate millions of grapes to combine the sweet Concord grapes with Vitis vinifera, common grapes in order to make them firmer. Pollen from male grape flowers was extracted and brushed onto the female clusters of the target plant. Over twelve years, a hundred thousand plants were created and grown in test tubes before developing the Cotton Candy variety of grape. In 2010, IFG patented the grape and began licensing it to growers, including California grower Grapery. Grapery was founded in 1996 by Jack Pandol, a UC Davis plant scientist graduate and third generation grape grower, and was co-owned by fellow grower Jim Beagle.


Description

No artificial flavoring is added to give the grapes a flavor similar to
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. Weighing in at about of sugar per of grapes, the cotton candy grapes have about more sugar per than regular table grapes.


Production and distribution

In addition to California, growers also grow the grapes in Peru, Spain, Italy, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Mexico. The fruit is available in every state of the US but only on a seasonal basis. Retailers include Trader Joe's, Metropolitan Market and Whole Foods. , the company's grapes were being sold in 14 countries.


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