The difference between Sweet Sapphire and Moon Drops grapes comes down to who grows them. As far as I know everyone else but Grapery calls them Sweet Sapphire.
So where do these grapes grow? IFG has licensed the grapes to be grown by different growers around the world. I have seen them coming from South American countries like Chile.
Moon Drops are grown by Grapery – the ones known for making Cotton Candy grapes a topic of conversation. They have chosen to give them their own trademarked name. Originally they were part of their Witch Fingers grape line but they decided that Moon Drops after customer feedback.
Yes they do work in a lab. They are not messing around with DNA or RNA or any of that. They are taking the old fashion method of planting breeding that we have been doing for centuries and infusing it with modern technology.
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It is important to note that IFG is not involved in genetic engineering. Instead, we are taking traditional breeding techniques to new levels of sophistication and success. In addition to performing embryo rescue in the lab, IFG has more than 80 acres of test fields and vineyards for traditional plant breeding of seeded grapes and stone fruits. Each year, more than a million blossoms are carefully hand emasculated then pollinated with various genetically desirable traits.
They are the ones responsible for many of the new grape varieties we are seeing. IFG came out with Sweet Sapphire grapes.
Sweet Sapphire grapes are a black seedless grape with one unusual characteristic, They are long. Really long. They look more like a log in shape than a grape. These types of grapes have been grown in the Middle East but have not been widely produced for an American market until now.
You may also hear of or come across a grape called a Moon Drops grape. It looks alot like the Sweet Sapphire. That is because it is actually the same variety.
What is the Difference Between Moon Drops and Sweet Sapphire Grapes? Anyone that knows me, knows that I hate when people are misinformed. It’s one of my pet peeves. I want people to know
The website of International Fruit Genetics describes David Cain as “is in charge of all fruit breeding for our rapidly expanding company.”
Known as “embryo rescue” it involves pollinating a flower and then growing the immature seed in a laboratory test tube. Eventually, the seedling is transplanted to regular soil and grown in the traditional manner.
Although this type hasn’t been measured, the glycemic index (GI) for a 120g serving size of grapes has measured as being 43 to 59. For diabetics and those desiring more stable blood sugar, this is reasonable assuming your portion size is small. (4) (5)
According to data from the Specialty Produce app, when in-season the Moon Drop grape can be found for sale from coast to coast; CA, IL, NY, MS, OH, VA, and WA just to name a few states. Whole Foods, Meijers, Kroger, Albertsons, Ralphs, Wegman’s, and Sam’s Club are all stores where they have been spotted.
The lesson? Enjoy them fresh and raw!
“One of these modern practices is the careful use of crop protection. Like most growers around the world, we use as few of these interventions as possible. More than that, through years of rigorous experimentation we have developed numerous techniques to add nutritional complexity and nurture the perfect soil biology to strengthen and sustain our vines. Organic or not, safety should always come first. We specifically test all of our fruit for residues before we harvest them.”
The Grapery, who is the exclusive seller of this variety, doesn’t provide a nutrition facts label nor are they required to since it’s produce. Most likely, Moon Drops grapes’ nutrition is comparable to standard black seedless. Per 1 cup (92g) that’s 62 calories, 0g of fat, 15g of sugar, 1g of protein, and 1g of fiber. (2)
Do you live in a climate with a greater growing season? Or maybe you’re a Brit in the UK with a greenhouse?
Moon Drop grapes taste like a regular black seedless, only better. The flavor is sweeter and the texture is more crisp. When you bite into one it’s not mushy, but rather the skin “snaps” like that of a freshly-picked fruit. Since they’re elongated, you can even break them in half with your fingers.
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