ITEM OF THE WEEK: Jupiter Grapes

grapes on the wood

Possibly the most famous of all fruiting berries, is the grape. Known to grow in clusters of 15 to 300, this fruit has been used for thousands of years for making jams, juice and oils, most adults are of course familiar with its most popular production - wine.

Like so many other berries, grapes are considered healthy because of their assumed nutritional benefits. While they contain high amounts of vitamin K, manganese and copper minerals and the electrolyte potassium, they don’t have much else by way of essential vitamins and minerals. In fact most of grapes benefits come in other forms; they are an excellent antioxidants and work as an anti-inflammatory. Grapes also have a low glycemic index and contain the hormone and antioxidant melatonin, which has been linked to regulating sleep.


The Jupiter grape is a cross-species seedless grape first bred at the University of Arkansas in 1998. Jupiter has large, oval blue-purple berries on large clusters, with soft skins that aren’t tart, making them the perfect table grape. Mix them into this fruit salad for a nutrient high breakfast, or dessert.

Simple Fruit Salad

  • 1 cup strawberries (cut in halves)
  • 1 cup peaches (cut into small cubes)
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup melon (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 ½  cup grapes
  • ½ lime (squeeze of)

Directions: Mix all cut fruit into a bowl, squeeze the juice of the lime over the fruit, and stir together gently, then serve.

grape fruit salad