Crimson is a slightly elongated light-red seedless grape with good levels of sweetness and an attractive appearance. The skin colour varies from pink to dark pink-red, often with a pale green stem-end. The flesh is greenish-white and has a medium level of crispness, often with a satisfying crack. On biting, there is slight resistance from the peel, which is a little chewy, but not bitter. Flavour is limited.
Crimson is a late-season grape and popular with supermarkets due to its excellent storage capability which allows for a long sales period from any one region. For many years, Crimson has been the mainstay of the late season supply of red seedless grapes, though newer varieties are starting to erode that dominance.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
For consumers, Crimson grapes are a reliably sweet choice with a good crisp texture.
Crisp cracking, sweet.
Names: Crimson; Crimson Seedless; C102-26
Origin: Crimson Seedless, or C102-26, is the result of five generations of crosses at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Horticultural Field Station in Fresno, California, starting in 1926. In very simple terms, the seedlessness comes from Sultanina (aka Thompson Seedless), and the red colour from Emperor. The final selection was made in 1983. Crimson Seedless is a registered variety of Sun World International, California
Grown in: Crimson is grown in most of the main table grape regions.
Availability: Source countries for Europe are generally South Africa, Chile, Spain, Italy, Greece and USA.
- January: South Africa, Chile
- February: South Africa, Chile
- March: South Africa, Chile
- April: Chile
- May: Chile
- June: Mexico
- July: Egypt
- August: Spain, Italy
- September: Spain, Italy, Greece
- October: Spain, Italy, USA
- November: Brazil
- December: Brazil
- March: harvest still underway in Hex River Valley, South Africa
- March – May: availability from Mildura region of Australia
- January to April: South Africa
- February to June: Chile
- July: late stored fruit from Chile
- Late July: from Egypt
- August to November: from California, Spain, Italy, Greece
- Mid November to mid December: from Brazil