Seedless Concord Grapes

July 19th, 2012 | Fruit Maven

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

concord-grapes

THE SEEDS!


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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.
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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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