Sweet Sapphire Grapes
Sweet Sapphire grapes, with their elongated, black, knobbly bodies, may look more like licorice bullets than grapes and perhaps with their extra sweetness they are more like lollies than fruit. My teenage nephew ate the whole plate I put out with cheeses for Easter dinner, clearly giving them the thumbs up. Sweet Sapphire grapes are not just extra sweet but they also have a deep, dark grape flavour that appeals to young and old alike. Sweet Sapphire or Moon Drops are a new variety bred in California for sweetness and a longer shelf life and although they have a slightly thicker skin, selecting for these qualities has not meant any loss of flavour. This is surprising as flavour is often the first quality lost when shelf life is sought. In Australia, they are grown in Mildura and also in the Gascogne river region of Western Australia and are a popular export variety. You can now find them at select green grocers around Melbourne.