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Whatever happened to Thompson seedless grapes?

Lady Grey Jun 23, 2010 01:23 PM

I know they weren't chic or gourmet - sort of the iceberg lettuce of grapes. But they were sweet and reliable, and I miss them. Where did they disappear to, and why? Haven't seen them in years.

  1. Tripeler Apr 19, 2011 02:15 AM

    I like having the Thompson Seedless grape around. Since most all of the sake brewed in the U.S. is made from table rice, not true sake rice, I like to say that the sake is sort of like "wine made from Thompson Seedless grapes." True sake rice has very large grains, and the flavor is far more suited to sake than ordinary table rice.

    1. greedygirl Apr 17, 2011 10:14 PM

      Thompson seedless grapes are the norm in supermarkets in England. They're normally from Chile and South Africa. It's too cold obviously to grow grapes in the UK. We also have the "flame" red ones which I also like.

      1. ipsedixit Apr 17, 2011 09:45 PM

        Maybe they were all eaten by those "grape samplers" ...

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          bulavinaka Apr 17, 2011 10:57 PM

          You should see those same folks buzzing through cherries. Back in 1981, a checker I worked with slipped on a field of pits and was off work for a couple of months...

          1. re: bulavinaka
            ipsedixit Apr 18, 2011 09:14 AM

            I think the worst offenders are the "samplers" of the bulk nuts, candy and cereal bins.

            Uh, you really don't know what that almond tastes like? Never had salted peanuts before?

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          bulavinaka Apr 17, 2011 09:30 PM

          Thompsons in LA can be typically found at the Farmers Markets.

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            Alan408 Apr 17, 2011 08:53 PM

            Unprofitabile Thompson vines were replaced with wine grapes. Much of the remaining Thompson are turned into raisins, "commodity" table grapes are from South America.

            1. marthasway Apr 17, 2011 08:41 PM

              Mid to late summer for US grown, IIRC. I, too, love those oblong beauties with the taut skins.

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                sedimental Apr 17, 2011 07:59 PM

                Maybe it's where you live? We have them here - all the time.

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                  KaimukiMan Apr 17, 2011 08:09 PM

                  and where might 'here' be?

                  1. re: KaimukiMan
                    sedimental Apr 17, 2011 08:16 PM

                    I am in the pacific northwest.

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                      tracylee Apr 17, 2011 10:27 PM

                      Yes, I was just thinking that there were plenty of them at Fred Meyer's here in Salem when I needed them for my wild rice salad. I didn't look at where they came from, though.

                2. Delucacheesemonger Apr 17, 2011 07:40 PM

                  Shelf life not as long as the 'new' grapes. that are juicy and sweet, but totally tasteless. Here in France, where all grapes come with pips, everyone is a taste bomb and delicious.

                  1. MizDarlene Apr 17, 2011 04:39 PM

                    I am wondering the same thing? What happened to these delicious Fresno/Selma grown grapes? I hate the seedless green grapes from Chili!

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