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Last of this season's Kyoho grapes

Professor Salt Sep 26, 2006 10:40 PM

This post is excerpted from my blog, illustrated with photos. To see it, go to: http://professorsalt.com/2006/09/26/e...
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Get your Kyoho grapes before they disappear. The vendor at my local UC Irvine farmer’s market tells me this Saturday will close out her season, and they won’t be back until next July.

Kyohos are one of Asia’s most popular table grapes. With its high sugar content and distinctively strong flavor, they almost taste artificially enhanced by some flavor scientists’ mad experiments. They resemble Concord grapes in their large size and thick skin. Some describe them as tasting like Concord grape jelly, but to me, they taste more like Japanese grape flavored beverages or candy. To each his cultural reference, I guess.

Park’s Vineyard grows them on their Temecula property about two hours’ drive south of Los Angeles. If you miss out on local kyohos, you’ll see imported Chilean kyohos next spring.

Park’s Vineyard also sells them at the Santa Monica farmer’s market on Pico Blvd and Centinela. Both the Santa Monica market and the one at UC Irvine are held on Saturday mornings, and I suspect their booths will sell out by noon time. Look for this banner, and don’t show up late.

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    pinkshch Sep 28, 2006 06:49 PM

    I love these grapes! I've been buying them from Marukai (West Covina location) for the past few weeks. Just bought another box 2 nights ago.

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      LT from LF Sep 28, 2006 06:57 PM

      They're nice frozen....

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        revets2 Sep 28, 2006 07:02 PM

        good idea. i bought the big box. gave some to neighbors, but was wondering what to do with the rest. thanks for the tip.

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          LT from LF Sep 28, 2006 07:05 PM

          Yeah, crazy little purple slushies in your mouth.

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      revets2 Sep 28, 2006 06:09 PM

      i picked up a 3 lb. carton for 10.00 at 99 ranch. they also had smaller cartons at 3.99 but they were not as deep purple in color.

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        FED Sep 28, 2006 05:59 PM

        the irony of the kyoho is that it is a concord cross. the concord is a native american grape. the kyoho is the most popular grape in japan while the concord is very hard to find in the us--all of our popular grapes are vinifera varieties that were brought from europe. native american grapes (labrusca) do well in hot, humid climates (japan, not fresno), while vinifera grapes do well in hot, dry climates.

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          Professor Salt Sep 28, 2006 06:54 PM

          Interesting, especially as Park's grows them successfully in arid Temecula. I'll have to research this, as I plan on growing them myself.

        2. Mattapoisett in LA Sep 27, 2006 08:12 AM

          The Saturday Santa Monica Market Professor Salt is refering to is the one in Virginia Avenue Park at Pico at Cloverfield not Centinela. The same guy can be found in the Venice Friday Morning Market 525 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA between Dell and Venice Way

          Take care

          - P.

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          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
            Professor Salt Sep 28, 2006 05:53 PM

            Thanks for the correction!

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            Slackerchick Sep 27, 2006 05:41 AM

            The Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays has a stand, but she said this Sunday is her last week of the season.

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              Chandavkl Sep 27, 2006 04:55 AM

              The new 1 6 8 Market in Alhambra (formerly Von's, Valley @ New Ave) has them in four pound trays.

              1. Das Ubergeek Sep 26, 2006 11:25 PM

                Also Studio City FM (Sundays)... but I don't like them, they taste like grape jelly to me, and I'm not a big fan of grape jelly.

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                  ChineseChou Sep 26, 2006 10:54 PM

                  They were also selling them at the Pasadena farmer's market (Saturdays). I didn't know what they were and neither, it seemed, did anyone else because the guy looked awfully lonely all by himself at his booth.

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                    WildSwede Sep 27, 2006 12:09 AM

                    That's funny, whenever I go, he always seems to have people milling around.

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                      condiment Sep 27, 2006 01:44 AM

                      And a beautiful display of iced grapes. He definitely sells out every week, as I found out to my dismay.

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                    PayOrPlay Sep 26, 2006 10:49 PM

                    Park's had been showing up at the Sunday Beverly Hills market but he was gone this week--a different grape vendor had some other dark varieties but no more Kyohos.

                    We will miss them--they were fantastic, we were buying a pound or two every week. To add to the multiple cultural references, they reminded me of an improved, fresh-tasting take on Manischewitz Kosher wine.

                    I did see California Kyohos (presumably non-organic, although I didn't ask) for sale at Nijiya Market on Sawtelle today--$4 for a 2 pound container.

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