Introducing Black Muscato Grapes

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 23, 2012

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With a crisp skin and super sweet, juicy flesh, Black Muscato Grapes are off-the-scale good.

Black Muscato Grapes on ShockinglyDelicious.comI wash them and cut them into bunches with my kitchen shears, and leave them in a bowl on the counter. They are gone in a flash. If any remain, I put clusters on the dinner plates. Not only are they gorgeous, but they add a welcome sweetness to play against the savory flavors of the meal.

While we’ve most enjoyed eating them out of hand, they pair well with cheese of any kind (brie? Mmmmm…), and they made a wonderful addition to this Summer Nectarine Chicken Salad.

Summer Nectarine Chicken SaladYou can toss some (halved, perhaps) into any green salad, or decorate your tuna salad with them, or dip them into hummus, as well. You can store them up to two weeks in the refrigerator. That is a theoretical, because they won’t last more than two days.

Black Muscato Grapes on ShockinglyDelicious.comBlack Muscato Grapes from Melissa's ProduceGrown near Bakersfield and found in a 2-pound clamshell ($5.99) under the Melissa’s Produce label, these are available through late September, and well worth it. If you can’t find them in your produce department, ask the produce man to get some for you, or you can go online or call Melissa’s to find a store nearest you.

Black Muscato Grapes on ShockinglyDelicious.comHow sweet are they? Measured on a refractometer, the Black Muscato has a brix (sweetness) level of 22, compared to an average grape brix of 16.

Yeah, that’s the way to grow ‘em.

A trial sample of these grapes was sent by Melissa’s Produce.

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diabeticFoodie August 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Wonder if these grapes are similar to muscadines that we have in the southeastern US? Are the skins thick?


Dorothy August 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Skins are not overly thick. They just have a nice snap when you bite into them.


sippitysup August 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

Mmmm. That’s all. GREG


Christina August 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

These are my favorite grapes!! (Although I’ve never heard them called Muscato. “Muscat” grapes in English or “Moscato” in Italian; this is a blend of both names.) If you have enough, you could make your own sparkling wine!! I have the white version growing out back and they’re almost ripe! 😉


Geez Louise! August 23, 2012 at 6:07 am

roast em … the flavor is even sweeter!


Dorothy August 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

What a great idea! I will try it!


Dorothy August 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm



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