Cornell Scientists Bring New Cold-Hardy Seedless Grape to the Table

Cornell Scientists Bring New Cold-Hardy Seedless Grape to the Table

Everest Seedless is a cold-tolerant, blue-colored Concord type with berries that weigh up to seven grams, roughly twice the size of the traditional Concord. (Photo: Cornell University)

Last year, Bruce Reisch, Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, sought suggestions for a new seedless grape with flavorful berries and attractive blue coloring about double the size of ‘Concord.’

Reisch’s research team received nearly 1,600 submissions, but none fit the bill to trademark.

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So, instead, the team settled on ‘Everest Seedless,’ which is a nod to the size of the berries and the bold flavors this variety boasts.

“We were looking to develop very flavorful grapes with large berries and large clusters, and we’ve achieved that with ‘Everest Seedless,’” Reisch said.

‘Everest Seedless’ is a cold-tolerant variety with blue ‘Concord’-type berries that can weigh up to 7 grams. It is the first seedless ‘Concord’-type rape released. ‘Everest Seedless’ is intended to be a table grape. It can withstand mid-winter temperatures of -10 to -15 and is also resistant to downy and powdery mildew.

The variety is being exclusively licensed in the U.S. to Double A Vineyards of Fredonia, NY, for 10 years, and vines can be purchased from them starting this fall.