Seedless grapes are being grown in Britain for the first time and will soon be available on supermarket shelves.
<blockquoteThe UK grows vines for wine but seedless grapes have to be imported from abroad, despite the fact they are now the most popular fruit after bananas.
Now researchers are planting green, red and black seedless grape vines at East Malling Research in a project in partnership with Asda.
The vines, which have been imported from Spain, Italy and Greece, will be providing fruit in as quickly as two years and it is hoped they will be on shelves by 2016.
The grapes will be harvested during the European grape season – from August to October – and will include both open-air production and vines under polytunne[l].
The covered grapes should grow more quickly and also have the potential of extending the season, which means that British grapes could soon be on the shelves for up to three months each year.