The Q&A Archives: Grape Variety

Question: When I was a child, growing up in Nova Scotia (Halifax region), a friend's family grew these wonderful little grapes that were small (like highbush-blueberry-size), almost black in color, and ohh so yummy. I was wondering if you could identify the variety from that description. I am not sure if they were seedless. I would love to grow these grapes, if I could here in the Seattle area.

Answer: It's possible that the grapes were a wild variety, but it's difficult to tell. Only a few grape cultivars are suitable for growing in the cool summer areas of Western Washington, so even if we could determine which grape you enjoyed in Nova Scotia, it's questionable whether they would grow in your region. Some of the best cultivars for the Seattle area include 'Glenora' (blue seedless), 'Venus' (large blue), 'Einset' (bright red seedless), 'Canadice' (pink seedless), 'Vanessa' (red seedless), 'Interlaken' (green seedless), 'Madeline Angevine' (golden yellow), and 'Cabernet Sauvignon' (purple-black). Each of these cultivars is available from Raintree Nursery, 391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356. Phone (360) 496-6400. Hope this information helps!

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