Eat This Now: Muscatel Grapes, Passion Fruit and the Best Tangerines Ever

Here's a look at three deliciously unexpected spring fruits and several ways to eat them

When you think spring fruit, you probably envision bright red rhubarb, sweet strawberries and fuzzy apricots. But there are lots of other delicious – and unusual – options in your produce section or farmer’s market. Spice up your lunchbox or fruit bowl with one of these delectable in-season fruits.

Muscatel (Moscato) Grapes
The sweet flavor and floral aroma of muscatel grapes might make you think of wine. Which is correct -- they are used to make dessert wines like Moscato d’Asti. While muscatels are delicious in liquid form, they are perfect for eating out of hand or alongside a cheese plate. Because they are seedless, you may find yourself plowing through an entire bag! (I also recommend freezing them for a sorbet-like treat.) Muscatel grapes come in black, red and green, but I’m partial to ones with golden-pink skin. Look for them in your grocery store through May or buy them online at Melissa’s Produce.

More Ways to Eat Muscatel Grapes:
White Grape Sparklers
Pear and Grape Salad
Grilled Curry Chicken with Watercress, Grapes and Peaches

Ojai Pixie Tangerines
These little tangerines are perfect for kids because they are small, sweet, easy to peel – and best of all —seedless. I find some conventional tangerines to be a bit dry, but these little gems are so full of juice you might need an extra napkin. A hybrid of three different types of mandarin oranges common in Ojai, California, pixie tangerines are my new favorite citrus fruit next to cara cara oranges. Ojai Pixies are available in many supermarkets through June or can be ordered online (except in Arizona or Florida) at Melissa’s Produce.

More Ways to Eat Tangerines:
Tangerine Dreams
Citrus Fruit Salad

Passion Fruit
I can’t promise that this unusual little fruit will add a spark to your love life, but it’s really good eating. Once you slice through the fruit’s thick purple skin, you’ll find that it is full of neon yellow edible seeds. The seeds, which are coated in an edible slippery pulp, are extremely crunchy. There’s nothing quite like the tart-sweet flavor of fresh passion fruit, some say it’s a combination of banana, guava, lime and honey. I’ll just say it tastes bright, tangy and tropical. You can stir the seeds and pulp into yogurt, whisk them into your favorite vinaigrette for a salad or if you’re really in the mood for romance, use them to fancy up a glass of champagne. Look for them in specialty food stores through June or buy them online at Melissa’s Produce.

More Ways to Eat Passion Fruit:
Passion Fruit Puddings
Sparkling Wine Jellies with Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit Breeze

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