Sweet Scarlett Grapes
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Sweet Scarlet grapes are available in the late summer through the early fall.
The Sweet Scarlet is botanically a part of Vitis vinifera and is considered a mid-season ripening cultivar. It is a relatively new seedless red table grape that boasts an intricate parentage consisting of divizich early, italia, calmeria, muscat amburg, perlette, flame seedless, muscat of alexandria, agadia, blackrose, maraville, tafafihi ahmur, autumn seedless, sultanina, and fresno seedless.
The Sweet Scarlet grape is unique amongst other red table grape varieties in its unmistakable sweet and light muscat flavor as well as for its deep raspberry colored skin which is brighter than other red table grapes. Their flesh like many grapes is pale, translucent green and produces a nearly clear juice. The texture of Sweet Scarlet grapes is remarkably crisp, juicy and tender. Sweet Scarlet grapes grow in large clusters and when properly stored will maintain their texture and unique flavor.
Sweet Scarlet grapes offer vitamin K and antioxidants. Additionally, like all grapes, they are one of the highest natural sources of the polyphenol, resveratrol which is found in the skin of the grape.
Sweet Scarlet grapes can be used in most preparations that call for table grapes. Highlight its subtle muscat flavor on charcuterie and cheese boards or presented with desserts. Lightly cook Sweet Scarlet grapes and serve atop roasted chicken. Add whole to fruit or green salads for a pop of grape flavor. Freeze and use as natural ice cubes to chill white wine and rosé without watering down your beverage. Sweet Scarlet grapes will keep for up to 2 weeks if properly stored. For best flavor and optimum shelf life keep unwashed grapes in the refrigerator away from foods with a pungent odor such as onions or garlic.
The Sweet Scarlet grape was originally a patent protected variety. All distribution of the Sweet Scarlet was regulated by the California Table Grape Commission. The Sweet Scarlet was one of many grapes patented at the time and in 2012 was at the center of a lawsuit where growers filed suit against the California Table Grape Commission and the U.S. Agriculture Department over the patents. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the growers which lifted the veil of protection that had been shielding the USDA from lawsuits such as this in the past. It also gave power back to the growers so varietals such as Sweet Scarlet would now have the chance to be grown by more than just a select few.
The Sweet Scarlet developed by horticulturist David Ramming and technician Ron Tarailo of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in central California. Ramming and Tarailo created a cross of 2 USDA-ARS variety grapes, C33-30 X C103-41, and after over a decade of breeding, testing, and growing the grape it was ready and given the name, Sweet Scarlet. It was patented in 2003 released in 2004 to a limited amount of select growers. By 2010 the patent had been lifted, and the Sweet Scarlet was made public making it available to all who wanted to grow it.