After the Emmy awards, it was lights, cameras and grapes for Arkansas’ fruit breeding program.
Though it wasn’t seen on stage during the glitz and glamour of the Emmys, Arkansas earned a best supporting actor award at an after-party where stars enjoyed Hollywood’s finest dining.
Two California table grapes with Arkansas roots were on the main dish alongside the filet of beef, zephyr squash and kale chips with red wine sauce at the Aug. 25 Emmys Governor’s Ball.
The Witch Fingers and Cotton Candy grape varieties were developed by International Fruit Genetics, Bakersfield, Calif., from breeding lines licensed Fayetteville, Ark.-based University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Witch Fingers is an elongated purple grape while Cotton Candy is a white grape that tastes as its name suggests, according to a news release.
“It is very exciting to see these unique grape traits at the Emmys, but more importantly, to see these exciting products enter the American market, all from fruit breeding efforts of the University of Arkansas,” John Clark, a professor of horticulture who directs the division’s fruit breeding program, said in the release.
Both grapes are grown and marketed by The Grapery in Bakersfield, Calif.