Green Muscat Grapes
Inventory, lb : 16.00
This item was last sold on : 09/08/16
The Green Muscat grape has a shiny pale yellowish-green skin and a translucent inner pulp. It is a small to medium sized grape that may be completely spherical or slightly oblong. It is plump and firm but not as crunchy as standard green table grapes. It is rather juicy with a soft bursting sensation on the palate. Both its aroma and flavor are richly sweet with the unmistakable floral quality unique to all Muscat varieties. Bred to be seedless, a bunch of Green Muscat grapes can reach up to two pounds.
Green Muscat grapes are available in the summer.
There are over 200 varieties of Muscat grapes, botanically classified as Vitis vinifera. They are among some of the oldest cultivated grapes and thought to be the ancestor of many known varieties that are eaten today. The many cultivars can range from almost pure white to deep reddish-purple and are known for making all styles of wine from still to sparkling, dry to sweet. There are actually a number of Muscat varietals that can technically be categorized as "green", including Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Frontignan, Moscato Bianco, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat d'Alsace and Muskateller. The most unique quality of the Muscat grape is heady aroma and flavor. The French noted this musky character and called it "Musqué”.
Green Muscat grapes are a good source of vitamin A, C, K and heart healthy phytonutrient, Resveratrol. Low in sodium, one cup of grapes contains about 70 calories. Eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables lowers the chances of cancer.
Green Muscat grapes can be eaten fresh out-of-hand or added to fruit salads and paired with cheese courses. They are often dried for golden raisins or made into wine because the flavor of the grape does not diminish. As an edible garnish, the grapes are dipped in beaten egg whites, sprinkled with granulated sugar and chilled until set. Fresh Muscat grapes marry well with soft cheeses and often paired with roasted poultry and duck entrees. To store, refrigerate unwashed grapes in a plastic or paper bag and are best used within one week.
The strong perfume of Muscat grapes inspired the Roman author Pliny to declare it "the grape of the bees”, in his famous work, “Natural History”. Some historical sources cite the Muscat grape as Cleopatra's favorite fruit.
Most likely originating in Greece, the Muscat grape followed trade routes and was soon established throughout Europe and Asia. Egyptians sent cuttings of the heat loving variety, Muscat of Alexandria, south to what is now South Africa. While European traders brought cuttings of Muscat a Petits Grains to cooler northern climates. It was not until much later that the early Spanish and Italian immigrants brought Muscat vines to the Americas. One of the oldest grapes known to man, Muscat grapes have existed for centuries and have been a long time favorite for making fine wine.
Recipes that include Green Muscat Grapes. One is easiest, three is harder.
People have spotted Green Muscat Grapes using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
Produce Spotting allows you to share your produce discoveries with your neighbors and the world! Is your market carrying green dragon apples? Is a chef doing things with shaved fennel that are out of this world? Pinpoint your location annonymously through the Specialty Produce App and let others know about unique flavors that are around them.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - InterbayNear Seattle, Washington, United States
2001 15th Avenue W, Seattle 98119
About 103 days ago, 3/10/17
Spotter's comments : Green Muscat Grapes spotted at Whole Foods Market. Muscat grapes are the best grape in my opinion. Great ala carte or in a fruit salad ;)
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Steve MurrayNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Bakersfield , 93307
About 372 days ago, 6/15/16
Spotter's comments : Green Muscat Grapes spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.