How can there be seedless grapes? How can they reproduce?

A woman buying grapes at the market.
Almost all fruits are becoming seedless due to cultivation through cuttings. Jupiterimages / Getty Images

If you go to a grocery store today to buy grapes, there is a good chance that the only type of grape you can buy is seedless. Nearly all grapevines in production today produce seedless grapes.

It turns out that most fruits today do not come from seeds. They come from cuttings instead. This is true of grapes, blueberries, apples, cherries, etc. (pretty much all fruits except citrus, although scientists are working on that, too). A piece of a vine or branch is cut off, dipped in rooting hormone and then placed in moist dirt so that roots and leaves form. Because they come from cuttings, new grapevines are essentially clones of the vine they were cut from.


Seedless grapes actually do contain seeds at some point. But a genetic error prevents the seeds from forming hard outer coats like normal seeds do.

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Originally Published: Apr 1, 2000

Seedless Grapes FAQ

How many calories are in seedless red grapes?
Ten red seedless grapes are equivalent to 34 calories.
Are seedless grapes natural?
Seedless grapes may occur in nature and then be manipulated by plant breeders.
What are the sweetest seedless grapes?
Red grapes tend to be sweeter than green grapes. Among red grapes, Champagne grapes can be some of the sweetest grapes.
Are seedless grapes good for weight loss?
Seedless grapes are both delicious and low in calories, so you may want to add them to your diet. Grapes are also known for their resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant with potential weight loss benefits.