Miniature Grapes: What Are They and What Can You Do with Them?

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Miniature Grapes: What Are They and What Can You Do with Them?


Lilliputian size distinguishes Black Corinth grapes, whose clusters are so small and artistically formed they seem to have been made by elves. These grapes are, nevertheless, a true seedless variety grown for many years in the West and dried to make Zante currants.

Sometimes sold as "champagne grapes," flavorful Black Corinths are in season from mid-July to mid-October. Because you use one small cluster per serving, they add a bountiful look to fall dishes.

Here we capitalize on Black Corinths' decorative appeal. Balance a double cluster on the rim of a glass of fruity sparkling wine and pluck the tiny berries to enjoy as you drink-some people munch the most tender stems with the fruit.

You can grace a platter of cheese and crackers with these grapes. Or combine them with chicken to make an elegant variation on the classic veronique; briefly warm clusters in the sauce-to eat, push fruit from stems with your knife, For dessert, you can add sparkle to clusters with egg white and sugar, then freeze.

Sauteed Chicken with Corinth Grapes

2 chicken legs with thighs attached

(about 1 lb. total)

1/2 cup late-harvest sweet white wine,

such as Johannisberg Riesling

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 clusters Black Corinth grapes (each

about 1 1/2 in. wide, 4 in. long)

Salt and pepper

In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, cook chicken, turning occasionally until brown, about 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until chicken is no longer pink at thigh bone (cut to test), about 15 minutes longer. …

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