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Whatever happened to Thompson seedless grapes?

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.

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

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

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            1. re: sedimental

              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.

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

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

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

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  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

                    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?

                2. 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. 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.