Eden Organic Concord Grape Juice is pure fresh pressed, extraordinary juice made from Concord grapes grown on a 20 year organic family vineyard on the shore of New York's Keuka Finger Lake. This grower has cultivated Concord grapes since 1971 on 100 year old vines, organically since the late 1980s. In 1999 the formal process for organic certification was started and their vineyard was certified organic in 2002. A photo of these grapes is on the front of the bottle's label.
Grapes are harvested in mid-October and simply pressed at a nearby sixth generation, certified organic pressing facility on the shore of Seneca Lake. Juice is cooled in stainless steel tanks to prevent fermentation and to assist settling out solids like naturally occurring potassium tartrate crystals. After 24 hours the juice is skimmed off, lightly filtered, and bottled in amber glass to protect its flavor, nutrients, and valuable color. 16 Brix. Brix is a measure of sugars in foods.
Commercial grape juice manufacturers use enzymes to remove potassium tartrate crystals producing a sediment free juice. Shake Eden Organic Concord Grape Juice before serving, its cloudiness and very mild sediment are indicators of much better old fashioned juice made without processing enzymes or additives. It is full strength, not watered down. The complete nutritional value is captured in Eden Organic Concord Grape Juice.
Sculpted by glaciers are New York's eleven Finger Lakes. The long, narrow lakes run north south near each other like the fingers of a hand. The areas microclimate from seasonal lake temperatures produce exceptional fruit. Gentle sloping hillsides provide good drainage of the sandy loam soil. Hot summers and abundant water complete conditions where grapes flourish.
The Concord grape was named after Concord, Massachusetts where in 1849 Mr. Ephraim Wales Bull crossed native American fox grapes Vitis labrusca with European stocks Vitis vinifera and Catawba, a red-blue cross between V. labrusca and V. vinifera. After evaluating more than 22,000 attempts Mr. Bull chose the Concord grape that could withstand New England's cold. It won first place at the 1853 Boston Horticultural Society Exhibition. Original vines can be viewed at Mr. Bull's former residence in Concord. In 1869 the first Concord grape juice was made by Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch, a physician and minister who persuaded folks to use his nonalcoholic juice in communion services calling it 'Dr. Welch's Unfermented Wine'.
Concord are plump grapes with dark blue-purple skin and large aromatic seeds that contain a wealth of antioxidants. Concord grape juice was recently ranked #1 in antioxidant benefit out of 1,000+ foods tested by USDA researchers and found especially high in proanthocyanidin flavonoids. University of Wisconsin Medical School reports Concord grape juice offers the same resveratrol heart health benefits as red wine. Previous research found most antioxidants reside in grape skins, but a University of California at Davis study found a surprising amount in the seeds, concluding that grapes crushed whole released more antioxidants into the juice. Many people buy seedless grapes or discard the seeds, and some remove the skin. This results in lower antioxidant levels compared to consuming Concord grape juice made from whole grapes. The Davis study also found antioxidants in Concord grape juice stayed in the blood longer than those from red wine. They found alcohol hastened the breakdown of antioxidants in the blood causing them to be eliminated from the body almost one hour before those in Concord grape juice.
Eden Organic Concord Grape Juice captures complete antioxidant benefit. Refreshing and rejuvenating this juice is slightly tart and unlike other Concord grape juice. Serve Eden Organic Concord Grape Juice chilled or at room temperature. Use it to make gelled desserts or grape jelly with Eden Agar Agar. Refrigerate after opening.