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Sep 2, 2008 12:10 PM

looking for korean grapes

a friend let me sample some of these and they are great! very similar to concord and with a woefully short season as well. has anyone seen them in koreatown markets?

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  1. They're called Kyoho grapes.

    There's a grower out of Temecula that comes to the UC Irvine and Santa Monica (Pico & Cloverfield one) farmer's markets. They probably go to other FM's, but that's the two I know they sell at.

    These are popular in Korea and Japan, so any decent supermarket that caters to those demographics will have them right now.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Yes, the only Kyoho grapes grown in this country are those grown by the above-mentioned Temecula folks. The farmer told me that she brings the seeds with her by hand from Japan! She is also at the Sunday Hollywood Farmer's Market.

      1. re: mandelabra

        Park's Vineyard is the name of the grower. Had to look up an old blog post of mine to get the name.

        This photo of their banner should help ID the farmer's market booth, for anyone interested:

        1. re: Professor Salt

          Jeesh, for some reason I was led to believe that they were the only ones who grew them here! I guess you can't believe anything, right?!

      2. re: Professor Salt

        yes, these supermarkets have them. surprisingly they show up at different times of year, including mid-winter. i assume those came from south america and were also good.

        1. re: epop

          Just got back from 99 Ranch. They had California (Reedley, near Fresno) grown Kyohos for 8.99 a pound.

      3. I saw them at Zion Market in Irvine and at HK Market on Western.

        1. Last year I found them at the Culver City fm.

          1. I just bought some Kyoho grapes today at the Safe n Save market on Sawtelle (the one near Hide Sushi) for $2.25/lb.

            I also saw a flier saying they would be on sale at Nijiya market on Sawtelle for $1.99/lb this weekend.

            Two weeks ago, I bought them at the Galleria market on Western and Olympic, a 4 lb box for $10.

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            1. re: mungus

              for the last few years Park's Vineyard had them on Sundays at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Ivar, but I haven't seen them there this year. It's killing me! Another grower there has them - an apple farmer - towards the south part of the market on the east side, but they're not nearly as good.

            2. Actually, there is NO Korean grapes exist in the world. When you tasted it,then you should know what kind of grape that was. Kyoho grape isn't Korean grape. Let's go back to Korea for 100 years ago. They started grow Muscat Hamburg, and then later they got Campbell's early grape, which usually called Korean grape, and later they imported from Japan, that is MBA, which called Muscat Bailey A. And then later they got Steuben, Niabell, Kyoho and so on.
              How do I know? Because I am Korean and an expert of grapevine. Korea has just wild grape, called "Muh -roo". This is an original Korean grape.
              But its taste is bitter, so only birds can eat them.

              Again, there is NO Korean grapes exist. Just say grown from Korea is
              right word.