Mistakes Everyone Makes When Buying Grapes

There are some fruits and veggies that are easy to pick out at the grocery store. You know to buy the perfectly yellow bananas, the perfect bright green, crisp stalks of celery, and the balanced soft-but-not-too-squishy pears (via The Produce Moms). But then there are those that are a little more tricky — like grapes. How do you know which container of juicy little globes is worth buying and which one is worth skipping over?

Sure, you could go with the controversial route of sampling your grapes before you buy them, but we don't recommend that (there are entire Reddit threads dedicated to this grocery store faux pas). Fortunately, there's another, more socially acceptable way to tell if grapes are ripe that most people have never heard of. The best part is that there's no tasting involved. All you have to do is look for one key characteristic that you probably had no idea was even a thing.

It's all about the bloom on grapes

While most of us know to avoid the grapes that are shriveled up, mushy, or, worse, moldy, many people overlook one factor that truly determines just how ripe grapes are: the bloom. Bloom is that white, almost waxy coating that you see on some grapes that gives them a slight sheen. It can sometimes even look a little powdery. According to grape producer Sun World, the bloom is actually a very good sign. It's naturally produced by grapes to protect them from rotting or losing their moisture. If you see it on the grapes in your bag, you can rest easy knowing they're likely fresh and juicy.

Bloom is most noticeable on darker grapes (those that are red or black) but if you look hard enough, you can find it on green varieties, as well. Berkeley Wellness cautions that a lack of bloom could indicate that the grapes have been handled a lot or that they aren't especially fresh.

What else should you look for in your grapes? Red grapes should be crimson, green grapes should be yellow-green, and black grapes should be rich in color. Another trick is checking to make sure your grapes are firmly attached to the stem (via Sun World).