Grape Handling Tips for Foodservice Operators

High–quality California grapes will have pliable green stems and plump berries.  Here are some tips to ensure that your grapes are served at their best:

Upon arrival, grapes should be promptly placed under refrigeration to maintain freshness. The ideal holding conditions for grapes are 32-34° F with a 90-95% relative humidity.

Stack grape lugs to allow for air circulation around all sides. Never store or display grapes where they will come in direct contact with ice or iced products as this will damage the grapes.    Avoid storing grapes next to green onions, as their odor will tend to be absorbed by grapes.

Store grapes unwashed.

Rinse grapes just before serving or adding to a recipe.  The bloom should still be visible.