Seedless Concord Grapes

July 19th, 2012 | Fruit Maven

Do you know what the main problem is with seedless concord grapes?


THE SEEDS!



Every single time I have purchased seedless concord grapes they have had seeds. Every time. It took me 45 minutes to de-seed these seedless grapes so I could make David Lebovitz’s concord grape pie using this to-die-for crust. And the process made my hand itchy. It was totally worth it though. OMG! PIE! Deep, musky, sweet grape pie. Must buy more.

Grapes are in season right now, so get thee to the store.

Seedless Concord Grapes

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Little globes of dark purple black skin with a pale blue powder looking substance. Pale greenish flesh with bright green seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Mildly sweet.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

A dense jelly-like consistency somewhat like tapioca pearls in those bubble tea drinks. Thick skin and a few seeds.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Musky, complicated, deep, sweet grapey flavor with a touch of bitterness here and there from the skin.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Oh how I love these grapes. I was so delighted a few years ago when I first had these and could connect the flavor to grape juice for once. I always assumed that was some goofy artificial thing. Now if someone could just explain how we got the watermelon flavor in jolly ranchers, I would be all set. Is there a watermelon like that? YES PLEASE.

FRUIT
Grape
PEAK
Summer
PROVIDED BY
Specialty Produce
VARIETY
Seedless Concord
GROWN
California

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  • carrie Jul 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

    this post cracked me up! yum…pie!

  • Megan Jul 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Just suck it up and eat the seeds. They are a major source of the grapes’ tocopherols and oliogomeric proanthocyanidins. Helps to keep your heart and brain from decaying over time.

    Guess who did research on grapes this week…

    M

  • Fruit Maven Jul 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Carrie!

    Megan — I was just thinking I felt a little low on oliogomeric proanthocyanidins! Thanks for the hot tip 😉

  • VV Jul 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    You had me at pie.

    Seems like you had a great return on time invested.
    I got every nearby table and elbow sticky yesterday de-pitting cherry plums (or whatever that is that grows wild in the yard) and I don’t think the cobbler was worth it. Of course, maybe if I had measured some ingredients…

  • Fruit Maven Jul 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    HAHA. Sounds fun VV!

  • Steve Asbell Jul 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Have you ever had muscadine or scuppernong grapes? They’re the shizz. They’re like the concord’s muskier, seedier thick skinned hardscrabble hillbilly uncle.

  • Fruit Maven Aug 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    No I’ve never had those! I need to find a good local source for unique grapes down here. I don’t have one :(

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