Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes

Grapes are delicious fruiting berries and can be turned into all sorts of wines and desserts. But I will leave those recipes for another day because today I thought we could look at the vine grower its self and the more unusual clusters it grows…



Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Black Corinth Grape

10 – Black Corinth Grape

The Worlds smallest grapes are Black Corinth grapes. These sweet-tasting grapes with a very tender skin. Also called champagne grapes they are an ancient type that is researched to be of the Greek origin.

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Pinot Gris Grapes

9 – Pinot Gris Grapes

Despite it often looking pink Pinot Gris is a white wine grape. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot noir variety, it is a first class grape that is found in wine regions all over the world.

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Muscat Grapes

8 – Muscat Grapes

While not that rare (in fact it is one of the oldest domesticated grape varieties), it is a little unusual to see such a vibrant yellow in a grape.

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Oregon Grapes

7 – Oregon Grapes

They might look like cute, soft little grapes but the hedge growing plants they grow on certainly isn’t. In fact, it is almost impenetrable by all animals, very fast-growing and 100% resistant to drought! That is one tough little grape. But it’s worth picking them because they have a good reputation for improving health!

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Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Sea Grapes

6 – Sea Grapes

Despite looking very much like a grape and the locals calling it the Japanese Sea Grape this is a species of seaweed! Usually eaten raw with vinegar, as a snack or in a salad they definitely don’t taste much like grapes.

Showy Asian Grapes
Showy Asian Grapes

5 – Showy Asian Grapes

This is one of the world’s rarest grapes for a very unusual reason. These grapes are also called Malaysian White Orchid Grapes because they look almost identical to a White Orchid plant that often grows right next to them meaning until they start to bear fruit it is almost impossible to tell which plant is which!

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Rainbow Grapes

4 – Rainbow Grapes

For a while, I really did think that this was a fake image which indeed it is. But here is the weird part, Rainbow grapes really exist! Made by a process known as Veraison it is not a natural process, but they are real just not as vibrant as the image above.

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes

3 – Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes

Why are these bunch of Ruby Roman grapes from Japan sold for over $5400 per bunch?!? Well, these are officially the world’s largest grapes, each one weighs around 1.5 pounds (700g) which is about the size of the average Tomato!

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Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Witch Finger Grapes

2 – Witch Finger Grapes

Witch finger grapes are created by a process called hybridization. Their unusual finger shape obviously gives it its name, but it also has a child luring cotton candy taste meaning children can be easily drawn to them. Now that is kind of creepy.

Top 10 Rare and Very Unusual Grapes
Jabuticaba Grapes

1 – Jabuticaba Grapes

Often called the Brazilian grape it grows on the trunks and branches of the jaboticaba tree. If it wasn’t strange enough that it grows fruits & flowers directly on the trunk it is also one of the biggest grapes in the world!

Author: Gus Barge

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