9 February 2010
EDEN Organic Concord Grape Juice is pure, fresh pressed 100% juice from Concord grapes grown on a twenty–year organic family vineyard on the shore of New York's Keuka Finger Lake. Its microclimate creates conditions where grapes flourish on gently sloping hills, in well drained glacial sandy loam soil, and hot summers with abundant water. Our Concord grape grower has cultivated these grapes since 1971 on 100–year–old vines; organically, since the late 1980s. In 1999 the formal process for organic certification was begun, and the vineyard was certified organic in 2002.
The Concord grape is 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 of V. labrusca and V. vinifera. After evaluating more than 22,000 attempts Mr. Bull chose the Concord grape for taste and its ability to thrive in New England's cold. It won first place at the 1853 Boston Horticultural Society Exhibition.
Grapes are harvested mid–October and fresh pressed at a nearby sixth generation, certified organic pressing facility on the shore of Seneca Lake. Lightly filtered with no enzymes, additives, or water added, it is bottled in amber glass to protect its flavor, phytonutrients, and valuable color. Sixteen Brix. Brix is the measure of natural sugars in foods. Refreshing and rejuvenating this juice is minimally tart and complexly sweet. It is unlike other Concord grape juice. Shake well before serving and refrigerate after opening.
Concord grape juice was recently ranked number–one in antioxidant benefit out of more than 1,000 foods tested. The Concord was found to be especially rich in beneficial proanthocyanidin flavonoids and further research revealed Concord grape juice as more beneficial than fresh grapes or red wine. Most of Concord's flavonoids are in its dark purple skin and seeds. EDEN Organic Concord Grape Juice is made from whole fresh pressed Concord grapes delivering complete antioxidant benefit.
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