Specialty grapes star in Emmys dinner

08/27/2014 10:46:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

click image to zoomwitch fingers grapesCourtesy University of ArkansasWitch Finger grapes were served to stars at a recent Emmys dinner.Not only did the Emmys include TV and movie stars walking down the red carpet, but the awards program also included produce stars.

Among the items served at the Emmys Governor's Ball were Witch Finger and Cotton Candy table grapes, grown in California but from breeding lines from the University of Arkansas, according to a news release.

The two varieties were developed by International Fruit Genetics and are grown by the Grapery in Bakersfield.

"It is very exciting to see these unique grape traits at the Emmys, but more importantly to see these exciting products enter the American market, all from fruit breeding efforts of the University of Arkansas," John Clark, horticulture professor, said in the release.

Cotton Candy are large white oval grapes that smell and taste like their namesake.

Witch Fingers are deep purple with a unique elongated, pointy shape.

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