Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thompson seedless grapes

In the United States, seedless grapes represent about 80% and 98% of the total table and raisin grape production, respectively. Only a few seedless cultivars make up this production, of which ‘Thompson Seedless’ is the most important.

Thompson Seedless' is the dominant raisin variety grown in California because of its high productivity, wide soil adaptability, seedless fruit, and versatility for use in different grape and raisin products.

Thompson seedless is thought to have originated in Persia in Asia Minor, in an area that now makes up parts of Iran and Turkey. Its use spread throughout Asia Minor, the Mediterranean, northern Africa, and then to Europe, and it was from Europe that it came to America, South Africa, and Australia.

Originally called the Sultanina Bianca, it was popularized in United States by William Thompson, a California nursery man in late nineteenth century. By far the most widely planted table grape, the

Thompson seedless is also the dominant raisin grape and is use in making inexpensive wines. Thompson seedless is most widely used for raisin production followed by other cultivars including 'Fiesta,' 'Zante currant,' 'DOVine,' and 'Muscat of Alexandria.'
Thompson seedless grapes
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