Venus Grape: Goddess of Vitus Love{7}

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Venus grape: pretty as a picture and sweet to eat

In the beauty pageant of fruit, grapes are certainly one of the more comely and congenial contestants. Colorful, sweet and worldly, grapes garner a place in our hearts rarely shared by other members of proper orchard society.  Part rascal, part seductress, my homegrown grapes have me wrapped around their pretty little tendrils. And one I love in particular (aptly named for the Goddess of Love) has my utmost attention and respect: the Venus grape.

venus grape close-up

Blue-black pearls of sugar and juice

Developed by the University of Arkansas, the Venus grape is a seedless blue-black table or dessert grape with a thickish skin and flavor of labrusca and muscat. In my mini-vineyard, Venus produces fully-formed fruit and ripens well, no small feat in a place where the heat index tops out at sweater-weather.

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Farm finery: I like to match the fruit I’m harvesting.

Why I Love the Venus Grape

  • delicious
  • seedless
  • tight clusters
  • grapes ripen all at once
  • sweet foxy flavor
  • early ripening (September in the Northwest)
  • resistant to fruit cracking
  • hardy
  • stores well
  • medium-sized berry
  • beautiful color
  • vigorous vine
  • thick leaf canopy hides grapes from from hungry birds
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Hidden gems: Venus grapes grow tucked among the leaves, out of sight of birds.

Side-by-Side With Other Grapes I Grow

comparative grape study

Left to right: Venus, Interlaken, Jupiter, Baco Noir, Glenora, and Candice

Yep, if I only had one table grape to grow in the Pacific Northwest, I’d make it Venus, and if I could add one more, I’d pair it without Glenora grape, which is also a beautifully ornamental vine with dramatic red fall color. Happy growing and good luck!

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