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Concord Grapes

sasidhar79 Aug 28, 2012 05:14 PM

Hi

Where in Los Angeles and the neighboring areas one can find concord grapes ?

please enlighten me....

thank you

regards
sasi

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    Jack Flash RE: sasidhar79 Aug 28, 2012 05:24 PM

    Supermarkets (Whole Foods, Gelson's for sure, maybe others) as well as farmers' markets.

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      JudiAU RE: sasidhar79 Aug 29, 2012 10:26 AM

      I've never seen actual concord grapes anywhere in LA. Are you think of kyoho, the Japanese hybrid crossed with concord? Frankly, those are a lot better than the native concord anyway. They are in season and available at the larger farmer's markets right now. Ha's Apple Farms generally has them. Japanese grocery stores have them too as do a few other Asian markets.

      Truly amazing grape.

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        Jack Flash RE: JudiAU Aug 29, 2012 11:11 AM

        What's an "actual concord grape," and how does it differ from the concord grapes I've been getting from grocery stores all my life? And no, I'm not talking about the kyoho grapes (which I've had; they're good, but they're not quite as delicate as the grape I know as a concord grape).

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          JudiAU RE: Jack Flash Aug 30, 2012 10:26 AM

          I've seen a lot of reddish and mislabeled but never a real, native purple concord. I have only had those one the East Coast.

          I take that back. Once I had some merely okay "real" concords from the farmer's market a few minutes. Farmer said they were really difficult to grow in CA.

          Either way prefer kyoho to any of the fakes/natives/real that I've had.

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            Jack Flash RE: JudiAU Aug 30, 2012 10:45 AM

            I've lived in L.A. for all of my 42 years, and have been eating concord grapes (not reddish grapes; REAL purple, slip-skin concord grapes, with seeds) for probably 40 of those years. They're a favorite of my mom (who grew up back east), and there was always a bowl of them in the fridge during the short season when they were available. There was sort of a mini celebration when they'd finally show up in the store.

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        iOnLa RE: sasidhar79 Aug 29, 2012 01:16 PM

        saw someone selling specifically labeled Concord grapes at todays' SM farmer's market—she was on Arizona between 2nd and 3rd.
        looked deep purple, large and firm but didn't try one. wish I had now....

        1. aching RE: sasidhar79 Aug 29, 2012 02:31 PM

          There's been a bunch of raving on one of the Trader Joe's threads about "Thomcord" grapes (if that's close enough) - I haven't tried them yet, but am looking forward to doing so.

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            Jack Flash RE: aching Aug 29, 2012 02:46 PM

            I've had Thomcords from Apkarian Farms (Saturday Pasadena farmers' market). They are, as the name suggests, a cross between a Concord and a Thompson Seedless, so what you wind up with is a purple "seedless" grape (there's usually a small, soft seed-like material inside) that tastes a lot like a Concord, but physically is more like a Thompson in terms of shape and texture (it's not a slip-skin grape like a Concord). They are yummy, though the flavor is not quite as intense as a Concord.

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              Mattapoisett in LA RE: Jack Flash Aug 29, 2012 03:27 PM

              I would concur with the assessment. though I am getting quite a few immature seeds in the container I have.

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                Dommy RE: Mattapoisett in LA Aug 29, 2012 03:49 PM

                That has been the complain on the Trader Joes thread. Although the seeds aren't nearly as big or bitter as Concords...

                --Dommy!

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                  Jack Flash RE: Dommy Aug 29, 2012 04:04 PM

                  The very first ones of the season were almost completely seedless; in subsequent weeks, they had more of the immature seeds (Apkarian only had them for about three weeks). I experienced the same thing last year (first of the season were virtually seedless, less so the next couple of weeks). I haven't tried the ones at TJs yet, so I can't compare.

          2. Joe Blowe RE: sasidhar79 Aug 29, 2012 05:19 PM

            I saw Concords today at Marukai Gardena (Western and Artesia). Of course, Kyoho grapes are available for $3/lb.

            1. sasidhar79 RE: sasidhar79 Aug 31, 2012 10:16 AM

              Thank you very much, I called Gelson's and they said that they are expecting them in next 1 week .

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