Vitis vinifera L.

In 1972, the farmer of Japanese origin Kotaro Okuyama was harvesting Italia grapes in his plantation in Santa Mariana, in Paraná state, when he found a cluster that had undergone a somatic mutation: that was the beginning of Ruby grape cultivation, a variety with pink berries. In the late 1970s, Ruby grape farming had spread to other areas of the state, and arrived in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul states. Ruby grape is served fresh or used to make juices, jams, jellies, and other desserts, as well as an ingredient for salads and sauces.