Guide to Grape Varieties

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Grapes aren't just red or green. They come in a whole range of shades with plenty of flavor profiles to boot. Look for one of these varieties at a market near you from late summer into fall when grapes are at their seasonal best.

If you happen to grow your own grapes, don't forget to harvest some leaves early in the season when they're still tender and make preserved grape leaves!

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    Autumn Royal Grapes

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    These large seedless grapes are in season throughout the fall.

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    Black Corinth (Champagne Grapes)

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    These are not actually used in making champagne, but their small, round size and clever marketing have made these sweet, crunchy grapes popular for table use. They're even more commonly seen dried in the form of Zante currants.

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    Black Monukka Grapes

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    Black Monukka Grapes are used for raisins but are also a crisp, sweet table grape. Their thin skins, however, mean they aren't great for shipping. Look for them fresh at markets or try growing your own.

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    Bronx Grapes

    Bronx Grapes
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    Bronx grapes are a hybrid, prized for their silken texture and flavor. They are much like the aromatic Muscat grapes, which also have a green-red hybrid coloring.

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    Cardinal Grapes

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    Cardinal grapes are remarkably "red" and really quite sweet. They are a cross between Red Flame (or Flame Tokay) and Ribier grapes. Cardinal grapes are large, have thick, crunchy, skins and are known for their noticeably (large) seeds.

    Similarly, Emperor grapes are large, red, sweet, and seeded. They have thick skins and a mild cherry flavor.

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    Concord Grapes

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    Concord grapes are often used for juice and jelly, but they make great table grapes, too. They are deep purple — almost black — and will stain anything they can, so consider yourself warned! Concord grapes are a deep blue-black color, large, and extremely sweet.

    Concords are native to North America and part of a group of grapes known as "slip skin" grapes. The skin slips easily off the flesh, yet the flesh and seed cling tightly to one another.

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    Muscat Grapes

    Muscat grapes

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    Muscat grapes range from a pale green (almost white) color to a deep, purple (almost black) color. They are often thought of as a wine grape, but they make tasty table grapes too.

    Like Muscat grapes, perlette grapes are small, green, round, and have a lovely white "frost" to the skin. It is a hardy variety good in home gardens.

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    Red Flame Grapes (Flame Tokay Grapes)

    Red Flame Grapes

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    Red Flame Grapes are seedless, crunchy, and have a nice sweet-tart balance.

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    Ribier Grapes

    Ribier grapes

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    Ribier grapes are large, blue-black grapes with slightly bitter skins. They are sweet and tender and make tempting table grapes.

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    Riesling Grapes

    Riesling Grapes

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    These are the bright, tart grapes used to make bright and shining Reisling wine.

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    Thompson Seedless Grapes

    Thompson Seedless Grapes

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    Thompson Seedless Grapes make up about half of the table grapes in the United States and you probably know them simply as "green grapes." They are crunchy and sweet.