‘Faith’, ‘Gratitude’, ‘Hope’, and ‘Joy’ seedless table grapes are new cultivars (Vitis hybrid) developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, bringing to 12 the total number of releases from the program. These releases expand options for table grape growers for local markets in the United States. All four cultivars have non-slipskin flesh with good skin quality, fruit cracking resistance, good vine health, and winterhardiness. ‘Faith’ is blue-fruited, slight fruity to neutral in flavor, semicrisp, and ripens in late July to early August, the earliest of the four. ‘Gratitude’ berries are green with exceptional flesh crispness and neutral flavor, ripening usually in late August at this same location. ‘Hope’ is green-fruited, has a fruity flavor, is rather soft in texture, has high production potential, and ripens near 19 Aug. ‘Joy’ is blue-fruited with exceptional fruity flavor but very soft texture and ripens the first or second week of August. All ripening dates are for west–central Arkansas. All of the cultivars exhibit stenospermocarpic seedlessness. These cultivars, in addition to prior releases from the program (including ‘Mars’, ‘Jupiter’, and ‘Neptune’) (Clark, 2010), provide for a range of dates of harvest along with choices of fruit colors, shapes, textures, and flavors. These should be adapted in the mid-South and Pacific Northwest of the United States but should be further evaluated for adaptation and hardiness in the Midwest. It is envisioned that these cultivars will be best used by local-market growers, because they differ from commercial table grapes commonly found in retail markets in the United States in that these new releases tend to be smaller-fruited, softer in texture, and can vary in seed remnant size compared with most commercial cultivars.
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