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Concord grapes are a grape variety used as both table grapes and wine grapes. Concord grapes are a variety of the North American Vitis labrusca species.

They are a slip-skin variety meaning that the skin is easily separated from the fruit. These grapes have large seeds. Concord grapes are often used to make grape jelly and are occasionally available as table grapes, especially in New England. They are the usual grapes used in the jelly for the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Concord jelly is universally sold in U.S. supermarkets. Concord grapes are used for grape juice, and their distinctive purple color has led to grape flavored soft drinks and candy being artificially colored purple. Recently, white grape juice with a milder flavor and less ability to stain fabric has risen in popularity at the expense of Concord juice. The dark colored Concord juice is used in some churches as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine in the service of communion.

Concord grapes may have many health benefits such as reducing hypertension and the negative effects of second-hand smoking, but these results are tentative.

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