Sweet FavorsTM is a late-season seedless black table grape. It has ovate to slightly elongated ovate berries, which are naturally medium to large in size. The skin colour is purple-black. The skin is quite thin and only slightly noticeable on biting and chewing. There is very little astringency in the skin and the flesh has a medium-firm texture with plenty of juice. The sweetness levels are very good, giving an intensity to the eating experience, though flavour is described as ‘neutral’.
Sweet Favors is most similar to Autumn Royal, though improvements from the perspective of consumers include low levels of seed trace, low astringency and softer flesh.
From a grower’s perspective, Sweet Favors is attractive compared to Autumn Royal due to improved yield, better bunch shape, resistance to rain, more flexible canes and reduced berry shatter.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ****
Sweet Favors is a lovely, late-season black seedless grape and a significant improvement on Autumn Royal.
Sweet, juicy, intense.
Names: IFG Sixteen; Sweet FavorsTM; US Plant Patent 25434; plu 3497
Origin: IFG Sixteen is the result of the breeding programme at International Fruit Genetics in California. It came from a cross between Autumn Royal and the pollen from a number of red seedless selections collected by the Volcani Institute in Israel. The exact red seedless parent is unknown. Hybridization took place in May 2001 and asexual propagation was achieved in September 2005. The US Plant Patent 25434 was granted in April 2015. Sweet FavorsTM is the marketing name for IFG Sixteen.
Grown in: Australia, California, Chile, Peru, South Africa
Harvest & Availability: Sweet Favors ripens in mid to late September in Delano, California. The season in Australia is March/April. Marketing in UK tends to be as follows:
- January: Peru
- March: South Africa
- April: South Africa
- May: Chile
- June: Chile
- December: Peru
US Plant Patent – 25434
IFG – Sweet FavorsTM