Have you ever tried a Concord grape? Well, if you've ever had a glass of Welch's 100% Grape Juice, you have. These sweet, tangy, bold purple grapes need a special climate to grow – specifically, chilly areas near large bodies of water like the Great Lakes. Just like wine, Welch's 100% Grape Juice gets its taste from where the grapes are grown. It's because of the Concord grape that Welch's 100% Grape Juice is so delicious and unique.
The Concord grape was first cultivated in 1849 by Ephraim Wales Bull in Concord, Massachusetts. He wanted to create a grape that could withstand the colder climate of the Northeast. Using the Vitis labrusca, or "fox" grape, native to the area, he planted 22,000 seedlings. After six years he finally selected a single vine he thought worth keeping and named it after his hometown. Bull's original vine still exists today in Concord!
If you want to try a fresh Concord grape, timing is everything. You'll only find one during the months of September and October. In fact, every grape we receive from our farmers during this time is harvested and pressed into juice within hours of its arrival.
If the taste weren't enough, Concord Grapes are good for you too! They have natural plant nutrients called polyphenols. Many of the polyphenols in Concord Grapes are the same as those found in red wine. And, research suggests that thanks to the Concord Grape, Welch's 100% grape juice can help support a healthy heart. Discover the role Concord Grapes and Welch's 100% Grape Juice can play in a heart-healthy diet.