Strawberry Grapes 101
Grapes that taste like strawberries? Yes, you read that right. Introducing Strawberry Grapes, a unique variety that boasts a flavor pretty close to the real thing. Grape enthusiasts will find yet another reason to get excited for summer grape season. Although some may not have heard of these stunning grapes, demand for them continue to grow each year. A hot ticket item, they are only available for a brief window of a couple weeks each summer.
Where do they come from?
Strawberry Grapes come from one of the world’s leading grape breeders from California. It is a limited and proprietary variety not yet commercially grown. However, Melissa’s Produce has been fortunate enough to have a part in this specialty program. Strawberry grapes are hybrids believed to have originated from an unknown Italian variety cross-bred with the Isabella grape, an American variety.
What are their characteristics?
First and foremost, let’s talk about their most exciting feature–their flavor! Strawberry grapes live up their name with an intense, sweet taste with notes of, you guessed it, strawberries! While they are not entirely seedless, their flesh is soft, succulent and juicy. They are bite sized, roundish oval in shape and grow in tight, small to medium clusters. Starting off pink, they transform into a deep magenta or purple color upon maturity. Like other grape varieties, strawberry grapes are abundant in nutrients such as vitamins A and C, antioxidants, potassium, iron and more.
How to use them?
You’ll probably want to eat Strawberry grapes straight out of hand. We definitely don’t blame you. With their unique, out-of-this-world flavor, you can definitely enjoy them as a quick snack or lunchbox treat.These grapes pair nicely with melons, olives, asparagus, shellfish and smoked gouda cheese. Try featuring them as a tasty addition in cheese platters, charcuterie boards, salads or parfaits. Or bake them into desserts such as fruit tarts, cakes, buckles or even focaccia, which is popular in Italy! In addition, you can incorporate them into delicious sauces, jams and jellies.
Have you ever heard of Strawberry Grapes? What are some other specialty grapes you like? Let us know your thoughts or experiences with them in the comments below!