Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Concord grapes are no ordinary grapes. If any fruit can be compared to candy, it has to be this one. The frosted, smooth skin splits open to reveal a sugar-sweet and yet sour, gelatinous flesh that is unlike any fruit I've ever tasted. Sure there are pits and the skin is a little tough, but this is no deterrent. I realize this description might sound a little off-putting with the gelatinous consistency and the tough skin and pits, but believe me when I say that the flavor is THE flavor of grape that you have known your entire life - think Welch's grape juice or Dimetapp - only much better. If you've been lucky enough to enjoy Concord grapes before, you know what I'm talking about, but for other people, this is such a rare, hard-to-come-by fruit. Unlike red grapes from California that show up in Whole Foods year round, these grapes are seasonal and special, and their time is now. What a treat to be able to enjoy and overdose on them as summer ends and autumn begins. It's a great transitional fruit as we leave behind peaches and look forward to apples. Enjoy them while you can, and then we'll see them again next year!