Howard B. Keck Jr. is the president of Brighton Distributing Inc., a table grape growing company located in Southern California. He has patented a number of grapevines such as the Keck Seedless grapevine and the Brighton 650 grapevine.
Howard B. Keck Jr. is a professional businessman and the president of his own company, which continues to produce table grapes. Below, Howard B. Keck Jr. answers some frequently asked questions about table grapes.
What are table grapes?
“Table grapes are the type of grape that is commonly eaten by humans. Table grapes have semi-translucent flesh that often contains seeds. Other types of grapes are grown for making wine, juice or raisins.”
What types of table grapes are there?
“Some popular types of table grapes are the Concord grape, Thompson Seedless, Flame, Muscat and Almeria.”
What is the difference between table grapes and wine grapes?
“Unlike table grapes, wine grapes have a higher sugar content, roughly 24% versus the 15% sugar content of table grapes. Wine grapes also have a thicker skin than table grapes which is advantageous for wine making.”
Are table grapes good for you?
“Table grapes are good for you. Recent data, in fact, has shown that a chemical in the skin of table grapes is linked to increased expression of genes that are related to longevity. Table grapes are also considered as being low on the glycemic index, which is beneficial towards blood sugar balance.”
How popular are grapes?
“The area devoted to grape vineyards is increasing at a rate of approximately 2% a year.”
What are the most common varieties of grapes?
“Seedless grape cultivars now consist of the overwhelming majority of table grape plantings. Due to the vegetative propagation of table grapes from cuttings, a lack of seeds is not problematic for the reproduction of table grapes.”
What are other ways that grapes are consumed?
“Grapes are used for the production of raisins, jam, wine, juice, jelly, grape seed extract, and grape seed oil.”
Where can I purchase table grapes?
“Table grapes are available at most grocery stores and farmers markets.”
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