Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment.
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Giving that orange a run for its money, these red grapes clearly have been treated with a plant hormone, which makes them long and cylindrical. They "were so large, hard, and yummy that I had to re-read the package label a couple of times," Flickr user I Love Egg wrote about her grapes.
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Left to their devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little hormone therapy and girdling.
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Put a "girdle" on that vine: By scraping off a small section of the grapevine's trunk, a farmer in California hopes to fatten up the fruit growing at the top.
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A 1931 horticultural pamphlet from the University of California shows how girdling boosts grape size and quality.
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