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Grapes Or Raisins?

on April 28, 2016

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I have seen how vineyard owners slog under the hot sun, pruning or checking the grapes for bacteria or fungi infestation.

If frost sets in, they risk the loss of the anticipated harvest. This may put them in a difficult harvest year.

Raisins are made from table grapes and not wine grapes.

Silly me thought it was all the same till I visited Australia for fishing and of course the lure of the vineyards were too great to ignore.

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The bunches of grapes are gorgeous to look at and admired! For once my phone camera skills were not wasted ha ha!

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I also took the photo above as each row of grape vines had a different colored rose bush to denote the variety of grapes.

I had the opportunity to “steal” some grapes off the 100 year old vines of a rather reknowned vineyard in Adelaide.

Truth be told, we were offered a taste but if it was not because of who we knew, I would not have had a chance to taste it. Pictured below, I thought it would be tasty.

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Tiny little buttons I call them and they had lots of seeds. Lots of tannins and the skin is chewy and thick unlike table grapes!

This was when I realised that Thomson seedless grapes from supermarkets were table grapes.

The juicy globules are succulent and meant for table eating.

Table grapes are chockful of sugars and must not be taken in literal bunches as it is loaded with sugars and sugars not expensed can lead to huge calorific intake!

Raisins are a product of table grapes. I love Sunmaid raisins and use it for veggie and fruit salads. Again, sparingly as it is also laden with sugarsπŸ˜‰

So when I saw this image from internet on raisins and wine….I beg to differ!


10 responses to “Grapes Or Raisins?

  1. HN says:

    Near the park where I visit, there is a vineyard. I think it is such a beautiful sight to see rows rows of grape vines. The house on the property is huge and beautiful too. I often thought as I passed it, how it feels to live in such a place, and to own that much land.

  2. Such an interesting and informative post! I’m sure you must have had fun in the vineyard.

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Thank you Smiling Notes! Yes, I enjoy visiting the vineyards, sipping wine, eating cheese and understanding the different types of grape varieties. Glad you enjoyed it! Have a great up and coming TGIF tomorrow!

  3. scifihammy says:

    haha Lovely post. πŸ™‚ We don’t get frost here – ever – so maybe that is why we make great wine in the Cape vineyards πŸ™‚
    But I have to agree with the raisin joke! Who wants grapes – when you can have wine! πŸ˜€

  4. I love the post and pics, really informative…I must confess though that I am a total wine moron. I don’t get it. I’ve tried what are supposed to be really good wines, listened while people have talked about a vanilla bouquet with woody tones and just thought ” ?????”

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