ITHACA, N.Y. — A fresh grape developed at Cornell University has the potential to become a new favorite for snacking and growing. All it needs now is a name.

Bruce Reisch, professor of grapevine breeding and genetics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, spent years developing the grape currently just called NY98.0228.02 and has turned to the public for name ideas.

The new grape is seedless and flavorful with blue coloring similar to a Concord grape, but double the size. The grape is also well suited to grow in Ithaca and other Northeastern states as it has a good tolerance for the cold, according to The Cornell Chronicle. The grape is best eaten fresh and will likely be found in local markets and u-pick farms.

“I expect it will be very popular with home gardeners who are looking for an easy-to-grow grape that produces large, tasty, attractive fruit,” Reisch told the Cornell Chronicle.

Though the Concord grape has long been an American favorite, Reisch said this new grape is the first “truly seedless Concord-type.”

The new grape has been in development since 1999 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Another table grape has not been released by the Cornell grape breeding program since 1996.

Submissions can be made online or by emailing nameit@cornell.edu until July 31. Reisch and his collaborators at Double A Vineyards will decide on their favorite names, then present the choices to the public in September one last time.

The new grape, NY98.0228.02, will be exclusively licensed to Double A Vineyards in Fredonia for 10 years in the U.S., then it will be non-exclusively available for licensing, according to The Cornell Chronicle. For information on licensing Cornell grape varieties, email Jessica Lyga of the Cornell Center for Technology Licensing at JML73@cornell.edu or call 607-255-0270.

Featured image courtesy of Bruce Reisch/Cornell University

Kelsey O'Connor

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