These days when people think Washington and grapes, they normally think of wine. But did you know that Washington is also the leading producer of Concord grape juice?
Between 2002 and 2012, Washington's concord grape production averaged nearly 200,000 tons each year! In 2013 Washington produced 164,050 tons of Concord grapes, of which about 11,200 tons were organic.
There are over 21,000 acres of Concord grapes in Washington!
Did you know concord grapes are considered berries?
History of Concord Grapes
The Concord grape was first cultivated in 1849 by Ephraim Wales Bull in Concord, Massachusetts. He wanted to create a grape that could withstand the colder climate of the Northeast (and the Northwest). Using the Vitis labrusca, or "fox" grape, native to the area, he planted 22,000 seedlings. After six years he finally selected a single vine he thought worth keeping and named it after his hometown. Bull's original vine still exists today in Concord!
Buying Concord Grapes
Check out the Washivore Concord Grape Board on Pinterest!
Concord Grape Harvest
Check out this video of Concord grape harvest in Sunnyside, Washington!
Concord grape juice nutrition
One 8 oz glass of Concord grape juice contains the following:
- 250 mg of polyphenals
- 100% RDA of Vitamin C
- 2 servings of fruit
- 40 or more concord grapes