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Concord Grape Association: Recipes

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Are Concord grapes genetically engineered

The Concord grape of today has been around since 1849. Through traditional cross-breeding methods, Boston-bred Ephraim Bull experimented with some of the native grape vines in the New England area. The Concord grape was first grown in the Massachusetts village of Concord, hence its well-known name. Currently, no Concord grapes are genetically engineered

Does Concord grape juice contain gluten?

No. Gluten is a mixture of proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of these grains. Fruits, such as Concord grapes, do not contain the gluten proteins. Additionally, the processing aids used in the manufacture of Concord grape juice do not contain gluten. If you have a gluten sensitivity, you may want to contact the manufacturer of your 100% grape juice to ensure the manufacturer does not use gluten-containing ingredients.

What are the health benefits associated with Concord grapes and grape juice?

For years scientists have studied the benefits associated with consuming Concord grapes and grape juice. Growing research suggests that Concord grape juice can contribute to heart heath.  And, while additional research is necessary, emerging science also suggests that Concord grapes may be linked to other areas of health. For more information visit: Health & Nutrition.

Does 100% grape juice have added sugar?
No, there's no sugar added to 100% juices.  The grams of sugar you see on the label refer to the naturally occurring fruit sugars from grapes.

Does fruit juice, like grape juice, make children fat?
No. The majority of research does not show a relationship between overweight and 100 % juice consumption in children or teens. In fact, several studies that have investigated the relationship between 100% juice consumption and bodyweight in children and adolescents report additional benefits for 100% juice drinkers, including higher intake of certain nutrients (i.e. vitamin C) and lower intake of total fat, saturated fat and added sugar.

Can you get the same benefits from Concord grape juice as you can from red wine?
While the alcohol in red wine has been shown to provide heart-health benefits, Concord grape juice can be an option for those that choose not to drink alcoholic beverages.   What we know is that Concord grape juice and red wine are both made from rich, dark, whole grapes that contain naturally occurring phytonutrients called polyphenols.  Growing science suggests that Concord grape juice may provide many of the same heart health benefits as red wine, which research indicates to be the result of these polyphenols.  . For more information visit: Health & Nutrition.  

Where can I learn more about the health benefits of Concord grapes?
To learn more about the latest research on Concord grape/grape products health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center at grapescience.com.

How can I add more Concord grapes to my diet?
100% Grape Juice made specifically with Concord grapes:  Processed straight from the North American grown Concord grape, delicious deep-purple 100% grape juice is nutrient dense, contains no added sugar and can be found in bottles, cans, as concentrates, and in vending machines.  Delicious all by itself, 100% grape juice can also be a healthy ingredient in recipes.  See Recipes.  (add link to recipe page).

Concord grape jelly: Clear, firm and sparkling, Concord grape jelly is made from the juice of the grape and added sugar and is firm enough to hold its shape when turned out of its container.

Concord grape jam: Pureed grapes are cooked with sugar until thick, or “jammed” together. A grape jam patent was first issued to Paul Welch in 1917 for the pureeing of grapes.  He called the product “Grapelade.”  The initial quantity was purchased entirely by the U.S. Army and shipped to France for consumption by the troops during World War I.  The product was then demanded by the troops when they returned to civilian life.

Concord grape preserves: Grapes with their seeds removed are cooked with sugar or in heavy syrup until tender.  The fruit remains whole, and the syrup becomes thick and transparent.

The Food and Drug Administration established standards of identity for jams, jellies, preserves and fruit butters in 1940.  For more information about jams, jellies, and preserves, visit the IJPA Website.

How is Concord grape juice made?
Concord grapes are harvested in North America only one time per year (Aug – early Nov).  The grapes are brought into the processing facility, crushed and pressed into juice.  The juice can either be pasteurized and stored as single strength juice, or it may be concentrated (water removed) and stored.  Since Concord grapes are harvested during a short time period and are processed immediately, juice is stored under refrigeration so that it is available year round.  At the time of bottling, grape juice is filtered and pasteurized before it goes into the bottle.

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