For those who peruse the Farmers Markets.... Kyoho Grapes are now in season in LA.
- Mattapoisett in LA Jul 27, 2011 08:41 PM
One of my first Southern California eureka moments was going to the Farmers Market at SM airport and somebody offering me a taste of a Kyoho Grape. To me it looked like a Concord and up to that point the only Concords I'd had were on the East Coast at Thanksgiving when my Mother would buy them to put in the cornucopia centerpiece for the table. Needless to say they were not good.
So when I bit in to this grape, It was like a lightning bolt and my first thought was "Holy S&!t! this is where Welches got the idea for the flavor of Grape Jelly!" and ever since I have been a convert to Kyoho Grapes.
Well it's the season now and Ha's had them at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market on Sunday. When I bought a 5# container, Dommy! thought my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I would need to put some in the freezer. Now it's Wednesday and the box is half gone, so I will be ready to buy another box on Sunday.
So if you see them at the Farmers Markets, you might want to pick some up, before I buy them all.
I have Japanese friends who had a bounty harvest of these from their backyard this year...
I think the season is actually almost over, so indulge now. They've been at the market for at least a month. Wonderful, aren't they.
Kyoho are fascinating. Native Concord grapes, imported to Japan, cross bred to improve, brought back to be grown here. Kyoto are much better fresh than the average concord.
I'm still saddened Ha won't sell them at the Alhambra FM. Been checking and all they're still carrying are mostly (fantastic) melons.
We have Park's, but I was hoping for 2 vendors. Little buggers are expensive as sin.
I recently had a sparkling wine made from Kyoho Grapes here in Japan. Surprisingly dry with a very complex flavor. Odd dark pink color. Interesting -- I wonder if winemakers in California would want to attempt making this.