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Witch Fingers® Grapes

by Sandy Todd Webster on May 27, 2014

Food for Thought

At first glance, a group of these crazy-looking Witch Fingers grapes more closely resembles a cluster of chili peppers than any recognizable fruit. Cultivated by Grapery®, a specialty grape grower in Southern California, these hybrids are as sweet as they are unusual looking.

“Take a good, long look at these long and freaky-looking grapes,” says the Grapery website. “We admit that their shape is weird, but wait until you put these ‘fingers’ in your mouth. Witch Fingers are wickedly sweet and fun to eat. Kids just go bonkers for them. But grown-ups are intrigued by them, too. Serve them at a party and check out the looks on people’s faces. They make a great conversation starter, and once people try them, they can’t stop eat- ing or talking about them.”

Availability. Get them now, as these unusual grapes are available for only a short time in midsummer.

Grower facts. Witch Fingers were created by a process of hybridization, using hand pollination, between an American cultivar (developed by the University of Arkansas division of agriculture fruit research station) and a Mediterranean variety.

Flavor and texture. According to the Specialty Produce app, these grapes have a crisp, thin skin over pale flesh. Their flavor is very sweet, not overly tannic, and low in acidity. “The overall taste is reminiscent of plums,” says the app.

Uses. Enjoy them fresh off the cluster. They make a great snack for kids, who will find the playful shape and sweet taste appealing. Consider adding them to fruit salads or serving them with an array of mild cheeses and nuts.

Sourcing. Look for them at specialty markets and at your local farmers’ market.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.