Everything you wanted to know about the Muscat grape - what they taste like, where to buy them, when they are in season etc.
Learn all about this delicious tasting greenish color grape with the pink blush.
As many of you may know I spend several hours in a California grape vineyard this March. It got me really craving some good grapes.
Problem is that grapes in the late winter and early spring are really known for their great flavor.
But their is one exception, one silver lining in a rather lackluster time of year for grapes.
Thank God for Muscats (sometimes called Pink Muscatel Grapes or Muscat Beauty). If you have never heard of them, they are a unique grape. They aren't a red, green, or black grape they have a rosy color with a green background. Some are more green and some are more rosy, some would use the word pink.
? What Do They Taste Like?
Muscats are easy enough to pick out from among the other grapes. Not only is their color unique, their flavor just as unique. I would describe it was kind of floral.
The flavor isn't for everyone - it's one of those you either love it or hate it, not a lot of people sitting on the fence. I think they are super refreshing, especially during a time when all the grapes are from Chile and are serious lacking in any real flavor.
How long do you have to enjoy these delicious grapes?
❄️ When are They in Season?
The season runs from late February into May. They are imported from Chile.
You might see some volumes of them beginning in late February and starting to pick up in March. April is the month where you expect to find them in large quantities.
Right at the end of the season in May I find them to be at their sweetest - grab them in bunches then. I remember one season when they arrived the same day as Sumo mandarins did at my local Whole Foods market, which might just have been the greatest winter day in produce history!
In the late summer/early fall you might seem some coming out of California, but I haven't found any that match up to the quality of the Chilean ones.
If you do find them from California, it's usually only very briefly. The variety may not be the same either, but any California grape I have had labeled muscat has been a letdown. This is the only time you will probably hear me say some fruit from Chile is better than California.
? Where to Buy
My main source has always been Whole Foods Market. They have been a big supporter of this variety and you should be able to find them in stores nationwide. The last seasons they have placed them on sale a couple times - which I really appreciate.
Besides that you have to look at more specialized produce stores or grocery stores that carry specialty items. I have never seen them at Trader Joe's, Meijer, or Kroger stores. They are listed on Melissa's Produce website, so contact them to help you find them.
Here are a few stores/distributors you can check with:
- Central Market
- Jungle Jim's
- Kings Supermarket
- Fairway Markets
- Baldor Specialty Foods
- Agata & Valentina
- Dean & Deluca
- Union Markets
Have you found Muscat grapes this season? Help us out and leave a comment below sharing what store you found them in and the city. Thanks!
? Try These Grapes
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As far as I'm concerned, muscat grapes are the King of the Grapes. I absolutely love that flowery flavor and buy as many as I can afford whenever I see them anywhere. I keep hoping they will become more well-known and popular so as to become more widely available.
I totally agree with you. I wish there were more widely available. I know some people that are totally put off by their taste. You and I know better!
I see them on sale at my local Whole Foods for $2.99/lb and I as I've never had them, I did a quick Google search which led me to your blog. Now that I've read your enthusiastic review, I'll be getting myself a pound. Do they hold up in the freezer and if so, how long do you recommend? Thank you.
Glad you found me and the Muscats. I have never froze them before. I am not a fan of frozen grapes myself. What I have heard is they tend to turn brown after a while in the freezer.
Eat them fresh first and enjoy them before you freeze any. You might change your mind and not have enough left to freeze them!! They are THE most flavorful grapes I've ever enjoyed.
By far the best grape I have had. Wish they were available all year. My recommendation is buy at least three bags when you find them. I only bought one bag when I first discovered them and wound up going back to whole foods the next day for more. That first bag was gone within hours.....
Uh-huh. I know exactly.
The Sprouts store near me has red muscats now (September). I prefer the yellow ones, but color won't stop me from buying as many big bags of them as I can fit into my refrigerator!!
Picked them up for the last few weeks at PC Superstore in Brockville, ON. Along with Concord grapes, available in the fall, they are the only grapes with great flavor.
I live in Atlanta and the only place you can find the Muscat grapes are in Publix.
Thanks for sharing that. I am glad you have found them.