Seasonal Fruit Friday: Concord Grapes
Picking and Storing:
While shopping at Top Banana, I saw these new grapes. Of course the workers let me try one, and they were delicious! They reminded me of the wild grapes that I used to pick off the vine on the way to the neighborhood pool. They have seeds and thick skins, but that never stops me from eating them! In fact, I like to work for my food. It helps me eat less, and it’s way more fun!
Concord grapes are available at some grocery stores now (like Trader Joes and local produce stands), but most are harvested to make 100% juice, juice drinks, and Concord grape jellies and jams. If you are lucky enough to find some, you can store grapes in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Fun Concord Grape Facts:
- Concord grapes are known as slip-skin grapes, meaning the skin isn’t attached to the meat of the grape. The way you eat them is to suck them out of their skin (you can gently bite the skin near the stem end to puncture it), separate the seeds and spit those out, and then swallow the grape whole.
- These grapes are a good source of polyphenols and antioxidants, which help support heart health.
- Concord grapes originated in Concord, Massachusetts, but now over half of them are grown in the state of Washington (more for us!).
- Concord Grapes gave Welch’s Grape Juice it’s signature flavor. They also have some signature kid stars from Little Rascals in their commercials (see below).