Red muscat grapes are small to medium in size and are round to oblong in shape, growing in tight, cylindrical clusters. The
smooth, glossy skin ranges in color from pale blush to deep red, and the skin is firm and crisp, but not crunchy. The translucent
green flesh is seedless, aromatic, and juicy with a soft, bursting sensation on the palate. Red muscat grapes are known for their
sweet taste and distinctive floral quality that is reminiscent of ripe pear, rose, and candied grape.
Red grapes are available in the summer.
Red muscat grapes, botanically classified as Vitis vinifera, are among some of the oldest cultivated grapes and are thought to be
the ancestor of many known varieties that are eaten today. There are over two hundred cultivars of muscat grapes, and many are also used as table grapes, snacks, juices, and to make raisins.
Red muscat grapes are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, K, carotenes, flavonoids, and B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine,
riboflavin, and thiamine.
Red muscat grapes can be used in both raw and cooked preparations such as roasting and boiling. They can be enjoyed fresh,
out-of-hand as a table grape or paired with cheeses, savory charcuterie, and salads. Red muscat grapes can also be dried for
jellies, or roasted with savory dishes such as curry for a hint of sweetness. Red muscat grapes pair well with duck, chicken, and
pork, nuts, blue cheese, goat cheese, and spicy meats such as prosciutto and Toscano salami. They will keep up to one week when
stored unwashed in a plastic bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.
the island and the years of grape cultivation experience that has been passed on from generation to generation.
The exact origins of muscat grapes are largely unknown, but they are believed to be native to Greece or Italy and have been
cultivated since ancient times. The muscat grape grew throughout the Mediterranean region and quickly spread through most of
Europe and Asia. They were then shared along trade routes to Africa and spread to the Americas with early Italian and Spanish
immigrants. Today Red muscat grapes can be found at specialty markets in Europe, Mexico, the United States, Chile, Brazil,
Australia, and South Africa.