Autumn Royal is a late-season black grape. It has large, elongated purple-black berries with a crunchy skin, firm texture and a pleasant, distinctive flavour. It is generally seedless with attractive, translucent yellow-green flesh. However, under some seasonal circumstances, Autumn Royal can develop a seed ‘trace’ which can be visible, but usually not detectable through ‘mouth-feel’: occasionally, though, seeds do develop hardness. Due it’s late maturity, Autumn Royal provides a good quality grape that prolongs the season from any region, and will satisfy most consumers, despite the occasional soft seed.
Origin: Developed by fruit breeders at the Agricultural Research Service, Fresno, California, Autumn Royal was released in 1997.
Grown In: As a relatively new variety, Autumn Royal is still being established around the world, but main growing areas are California, Spain, Italy, Chile, South Africa and Australia.
Harvest & Availability :
January to March: South Africa
February to early June: Chile
Mid-July to late November: from Spain, USA