The Muscat family of grapes includes over 200 grape varieties belonging to the Vitis vinifera species that have been used in wine production and as raisin and table grapes around the globe for many centuries. Their colors range from white, to yellow, to pink, to near black. Muscat grapes almost always have a pronounced sweet floral aroma. The breadth and number of varieties of Muscat suggest that it is perhaps the oldest domesticated grape variety, and there are theories that most families within the Vitis vinifera grape variety are descended from the Muscat variety.
Norm Lehne Garden & Orchard grows the seeded dark purple (near black) variety. (And in case you’re wondering…yes, grape seeds are edible! In fact, it is suggested that chewing them rather than swallowing them whole will enable you to reap their full nutritional potential.) Lehne grows their grapes using IPM growing methods, and harvests them in late August through September.
To store: refrigerate them in your crisper in their container, and plan to eat them within the week.