Grape Facts- How to tell if your grapes are ripe

Having trouble determining when your grapes are ready to be picked? Consider these things when looking for the perfect time to harvest!

The ideal grape is sweet, plump, and firm with a deep, full colour. Grapes need a long, warm, sunny growing period to obtain their optimum taste and texture. For prairie grape growers that often means keeping one eye on the grapes and one eye on the forecast throughout September.

Once picked, grapes will not change in sweetness or colour so it’s important to harvest when they are at their peak. The colour of the fruit will turn before the sweetness has fully developed so tasting grapes is the best method to determine when to harvest the fruit. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to wait until the first frost to harvest your grapes.