By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios
As the cliché goes, “Not all grapes are created equal.”
Yes, too many people all grapes are the same, and from the colors alone you will already see the difference from the other. There yellowish, green, red, blue, or even black grapes sold in North America and Europe, Japan, East Asia, and Australia.
For those who are truly familiar with the varieties, not all grapes are the same. And this is what Australia has been brandishing since time immemorial.
While many countries grow their grapes in various methods and for different purposes, the Australian Table Grapes are naturally grown and ripened under the Australian sunshine with a sweet burst of flavor and juicy pulp —- and eaten fresh. And the good news is they are now available for Filipinos to enjoy today.
Mouthwatering fresh table grapes from Austrlia
There are grapes that are used to make wine, while others for juice and raisins. But the best way to enjoy the grape is by eating them fresh.
Australia presented their 2020 season varieties including Tam’s Gold and Crimson Seedless as well as Sweet Sapphire (a long finger-shaped black grape), Autumn Crisp (a very sweet and crispy grape), and Cotton Candy (a sweet, aromatic green grape). These varieties are known for their extra sweet taste, making them a delicious snack for the whole family to enjoy.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Table Grape farmers and food safety inspectors ensured that all fruit is grown using the best practice and highest food safety standards and most advanced growing techniques, guaranteeing that all the harvested grapes leaving the farm is of the highest quality and safe for consumption.
Each variety of grape is extremely versatile in its taste – they can be deliciously enjoyed on their own and best-enjoyed whole – as well as able to be added to a range of dishes. Considered nature’s candy, Australian Table Grapes are a versatile snack or sweet and crisp addition to any recipe, making them the ideal fresh fruit for all.
Grapes for a healthy diet
Contrary to the belief that grape is not good for those who want to go on diet, the Table Grapes of Australia have the nutritional value that holds make them fantastic for maintaining a healthy diet for people of all ages.
Red Globe table grapes have a low Glycemic Index (GI) value and 5g of gut-healthy fiber in every serving. Meanwhile, the Thompson Seedless variety is packed with vitamin C which is perfect for giving your immune system a boost.
The horticulture industry in Australia prides itself on the idyllic growing conditions Australia is famous for – warm, dry summers, and deep, rich soils provide the perfect environment for Australian growers to produce world-class table grapes.
Grape farms in Australia
Every grape grown by Australian Table Grape farmers is from an established second or third-generation family-owned farm located in pristine rural Australia. The techniques, knowledge, and passion for growing and carefully selecting the grapes have been perfected over many years and passed down through the generations of families. Using this expertise, these farmers are proud to work hard producing more than 240,000 tons of the best quality fruit from their farms and exporting 60% of their top quality produce around the world.
As Australia is the closest southern hemisphere supplier to the Philippines, Australian Table Grapes found in-store are guaranteed to be the freshest in the market. The whitish bloom on the skin of each grape is another key indicator of freshness, proving they’re delivered directly from the farm to your table.
Two famous Australian Table Grape varieties, from the top (red) and green (bottom)
This season’s pickings of Australian Table Grapes are available in Rustan’s Supermarket, Shopwise, Marketplace by Rustan’s, Robinsons Supermarket, S&R, and SM Supermarkets, and thru e-Commerce partners like Baytown’s Produce, Crate2plate, and Dizon Farms. Follow Facebook.com/TasteAustraliaPhilippines on Facebook and @tasteaustraliaph on Instagram for more updates.