A new seedless grape, grown in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, has joined the nation’s club of premium produce this year. Shipments of the long-anticipated Queen Rouge have gotten into gear in late September. Some 850 kg of field-grown Queen Rouge grapes left a warehouse in the city of Nakano last Monday. The shipment headed to destinations in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
With eye-catching red skin and a supersweet flavor, Queen Rouge is a cross between the popular Shine Muscat and Unicorn. Its developers set out to create a grape that was both tasty and easy to eat. It boasts a sugar content above 20%, as well as a tender skin and a crisp texture.