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#1 Post by Matthew King » October 5th, 2015, 12:52 pm

Ok, random question I know. But here I go:

In L.A. we are stuck in a bit of a purgatory in the fruit seasons. Done with all the fabulous summer stone fruit and still too early for the fantastic winter oranges/tangerines. One of the few options for me are table grapes. It struck me that I'm obsessed with wine but not so much with the source material -- actual grapes. I just don't like them.

When i eat them, I feel like they are something my mom would have packed in my lunch bag in grade school, like carrot sticks. Just not much joy there.

Only exceptions are those tiny Champagne-like grapes I see every once in awhile.

Does your passion for drinking wine carry over to eating whole grapes? I ask from a consumer's point of view, not vintners walking their fields and sampling a grape ...
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#2 Post by David K o l i n » October 5th, 2015, 12:56 pm

Yes, but not the bagged stuff in the supermarket. I usually only eat table grapes grown y local farmers - we get quite a variety here, but it's a short season

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#3 Post by Gerhard P. » October 5th, 2015, 1:03 pm

Yes, I love them.
I have my whole terrasse and balcony full of them - now very delicious ...
It´s called "Isabella" grape - and I even tried once to make wine with it ...

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#4 Post by Howard Cooper » October 5th, 2015, 1:07 pm

I like grapes a good bit but in general I love fruit. My favorite probably are peaches when they are good but I also like raspberries, strawberries and blackberries a good bit. And, a good melon can be quite good.
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#5 Post by Mark B » October 5th, 2015, 1:13 pm

When it comes to snacking, edible grapes are actually near the bottom of my list of favorite fruits. Here's a cool article that explains some common differences between the grapes we eat and the ones we drink as wine.


http://winefolly.com/tutorial/table-gra ... ne-grapes/
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#6 Post by Rick.T » October 5th, 2015, 1:17 pm

I like grapes but rarely eat them.
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#7 Post by c fu » October 5th, 2015, 1:26 pm

Go to an Asian market and get kyoho grapes. Insanely good sweet low acid grapes
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#8 Post by Poppy Davis » October 5th, 2015, 1:32 pm

Matthew King wrote: In L.A. we are stuck in a bit of a purgatory in the fruit seasons. Done with all the fabulous summer stone fruit and still too early for the fantastic winter oranges/tangerines. One of the few options for me are table grapes. It struck me that I'm obsessed with wine but not so much with the source material -- actual grapes. I just don't like them.
They sell lots of different types of grapes at Whole Foods, including Muscat grapes and a new hybrid of Concord & Thompson seedless that are pretty good. Also, mangoes and heirloom apples right now are awesome. I highly recommend Farm Fresh to You to get organic produce delivered to your door.
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#9 Post by Greg Xu » October 5th, 2015, 1:42 pm

Grapes are great snacks when hiking, for me.

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#10 Post by Bud Carey » October 5th, 2015, 1:44 pm

My wife and I both enjoy seedless white table grapes... yum.
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#11 Post by Ted Alexander » October 5th, 2015, 1:56 pm

Only in chewy wine.

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#12 Post by Paul Miller » October 5th, 2015, 2:00 pm

David K o l i n wrote:Yes, but not the bagged stuff in the supermarket. I usually only eat table grapes grown y local farmers - we get quite a variety here, but it's a short season
What David said.

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#13 Post by Ian Sutton » October 5th, 2015, 3:03 pm

Sadly seedless often equates to flavourless, but there are some speciality seedless that are tasty. Of mainstream grapes, Sable (a black grape) often seems decent.
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#14 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2015, 3:38 pm

My whole family enjoys eating grapes...

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#15 Post by Berry Crawford » October 5th, 2015, 4:48 pm

I grow table grapes on my property so yes. And obviously I'm eating grapes as I'm walking vineyard to decide when to pick.

For eating my favorites are concord and the various muscats. I also really enjoyed the muscadines when I lived in North Carolina. I've bent meaning to plant some out here

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#16 Post by Dennis Kanagie » October 5th, 2015, 7:16 pm

I'd eat mangoes, cantelope, plums, or strawberries before I'd reach for grapes. If I could get a couple cute scatily clad girls to serve them to me while fanning me with palm fronds I'd probably eat them more.
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#17 Post by Michae1 P0wers » October 5th, 2015, 7:22 pm

It may be purely nostalgia, but I feel grapes, particularly white, used to be better. Now they are frequently larger with thicker skins, where once they were smaller and sweeter. I blame industrial farming, of the ilk that has created the cardboard-tasting tomatoes.

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#18 Post by Peter Rosback » October 5th, 2015, 7:34 pm

I've only eaten about a billion wine grapes in the past month…more tomorrow...

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#19 Post by Randy Bowman » October 5th, 2015, 7:52 pm

I would only eat Thompson's seedless grapes as a kid. Then again, I didn't eat strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or any other berry.

When I started enjoying wine, my mind opened to trying other fruit and chasing flavors described in tasting notes. Now I'm a berry and grape-a-holic.
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#20 Post by Mel Hill » October 5th, 2015, 7:54 pm

We've had a run of cheap tasty grapes $0.88 per # (white, seedless) here in Denver. Not local or even organic but tasty none the less... Brought 6 lbs to a scout campout and they were gone in 10 min.

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#21 Post by dsGriswold » October 5th, 2015, 9:19 pm

Between me and the grand kids, we eat a # or so a day. We won't even talk about bananas. [snort.gif]
I like the red which I think used to be called Flame Tokay with a good bit of acid.
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#22 Post by Chris Seiber » October 5th, 2015, 9:21 pm

c fu wrote:Go to an Asian market and get kyoho grapes. Insanely good sweet low acid grapes
Low acid grapes? Do you eat them with pain grille?

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#23 Post by Joe S. » October 6th, 2015, 4:05 am

I will eat the ocassional white and purple table grapes...i like that you can just grab a few when ever walking by them on the kitchen counter.
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#24 Post by Markus S » October 6th, 2015, 4:31 am

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#25 Post by Richard T r i m p i » October 6th, 2015, 5:52 am

Peter Rosback wrote:I've only eaten about a billion wine grapes in the past month…more tomorrow
Funny! You and a few other winemakers.

Is it true what "they" say about wine grapes tasting great (sweet enough) for the table, then they're too ripe for table wine?

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#26 Post by Brian Tuite » October 6th, 2015, 7:17 am

We have a bowl full on our counter as long as they are available. Lately they haven't been all that great but earlier in the season they were delicious. Red and white. What seems to be available now are all the manufactured grapes with low juice levels, hard flesh and fake sweetness. Love me a tart juicy table grape.
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#27 Post by Al Osterheld » October 6th, 2015, 7:35 am

Actually, wine grapes picked for wine are sweeter than table grapes. The latter tend to be picked around 10 to 15 Brix. Wine grapes also tend to be much smaller with thicker skins and less flesh compared to the size of the seeds, and also higher acidity levels (eating a bunch of them can be like eating a green apple). They do taste good, though.

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#28 Post by GregT » October 6th, 2015, 8:19 am

Can't stand most table grapes, and really dislike Concord grapes. They're usually just too sweet - except for melons, I like sour fruits like strawberries, raspberries, citrus, pineapple, and some apples. For the same reason, I don't really care much for peaches and most plums, but I do love those things for baking. I can't remember a single time in my life when I bought grapes to eat.

In a vineyard, I have liked some white grapes - Sauv Blanc in particular, but also Furmint and Pinot blanc, but I wouldn't go out and buy some to eat.

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#29 Post by Eric Ifune » October 6th, 2015, 8:56 am

Funny! You and a few other winemakers.
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#30 Post by Adam Frisch » September 10th, 2019, 4:27 am

Because I'm just off the season's first harvest and it's fresh in my mind:

Took my Flame Tokay this weekend. As you know, almost no plantings of these left in Lodi anymore. But this particular farmer grows a huge variety of grapes and he had the Tokay's seedless relative, the Flame Seedless, growing right next to his dwindling Tokay's. So had the opportunity to taste them side by side. Not even in the same ballpark - the Tokay's so much more flavorful and complex. The seedless really are quite uninteresting compared.
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#31 Post by YLee » September 10th, 2019, 4:38 am

Only seedless grapes and I must be feed while I lay on my sofa.
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#32 Post by A Songeur » September 10th, 2019, 4:41 am

This is grape eating season and I really love red Muscat grapes... September October delight... so tasty
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#33 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 10th, 2019, 4:50 am

I refuse to take my wine in pill form.
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#34 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 10th, 2019, 5:08 am

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#35 Post by Howard Cooper » September 10th, 2019, 5:16 am

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This is grape eating season and I really love red Muscat grapes... September October delight... so tasty
We get Muscat grapes from Chile that have no seeds and are really wonderful tasting. Much more flavor than other table grapes. They generally get to Whole Foods around here sometime in later winter and, unfortunately, are not around for much more than a month to month and a half.
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#36 Post by Russell Faulkner » September 10th, 2019, 6:34 am

For eating, I think grapes with seeds are far superior.

Best taken directly from the vine.

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#37 Post by Kelly Walker » September 10th, 2019, 6:57 am

Just picked up a basket of scuppernong grapes to snack on. It is an indigenous variety to eastern NC and is in the muscadine family. Large, very thick skinned and juicy with each grape have one or two large seeds. I look forward to the brief season each year.

Interesting bit of trivia. The scuppernong had been grown by local Indians long before Europeans arrived. There is a vine in Manteo NC called the Mother Vine that is over 400 years old and is the oldest cultivated vine in the US.
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#38 Post by robert creth » September 10th, 2019, 7:07 am

Does anyone remember when all fruit had seeds?

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#39 Post by Kelly Walker » September 10th, 2019, 7:18 am

robert creth wrote:
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Does anyone remember when all fruit had seeds?
Yep, back when you had to pay a nickel for a toilet stall. And we liked it. Seriously, there may have been seedless grapes in the grocery stores back in the 60s but I don't recall ever seeing them.
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#40 Post by William Segui » September 10th, 2019, 7:40 am

I eat them professionally. My son recreationally.
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#42 Post by Oliver McCrum » September 10th, 2019, 9:03 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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#43 Post by Nola Palomar » September 10th, 2019, 9:19 am

I have a small vine behind the house that produces the biggest, sweetest, black table grapes. Those I readily eat, but I'd say in preference to fruits, Persimmons are my favorite, next are these small banana's from the Canary Islands, followed by wild black raspberries, then it's a toss up between melon, pineapple, rainier and bing cherries, strawberries, apples, mangos, and raspberries...
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#44 Post by Mike Evans » September 10th, 2019, 9:27 am

Kelly Walker wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 6:57 am
Just picked up a basket of scuppernong grapes to snack on. It is an indigenous variety to eastern NC and is in the muscadine family. Large, very thick skinned and juicy with each grape have one or two large seeds. I look forward to the brief season each year.

Interesting bit of trivia. The scuppernong had been grown by local Indians long before Europeans arrived. There is a vine in Manteo NC called the Mother Vine that is over 400 years old and is the oldest cultivated vine in the US.
I love to eat ripe muscadines and scuppernongs (the native species is Vitis rotundifolia) and have gone through 5-6 pounds of scuppernongs so far this year. I normally find 3-4 seeds per grape, but it is easy to separate them from the pulp with your teeth and tongue and fun to spit them out, not unlike eating cherries. If they are good and ripe, then the sweet flesh clinging to the skin makes the hulls good eating as well. I fondly recall gathering and eating wild muscadines as a child and take satisfaction from the fact that they are part of the natural bounty of my home region.

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#45 Post by Claus Jeppesen » September 10th, 2019, 9:37 am

For science it is always interesting to taste the grapes used for great wines like Pinot Noir, Riesling and Nebbiolo
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#46 Post by Mattstolz » September 10th, 2019, 2:44 pm

this time of year I'd go for plums, figs, and pears first. its also beginning of Apple season here in the southeast.

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#47 Post by T. Williams » September 10th, 2019, 4:17 pm

We have a very dood driven beagle and seeing as grapes have a tendency to kill dogs, we are generally a grape free house. I do enjoy them occasionally when traveling but they are in the same category as bananas for me (commodity fruit that is better than no fruit but not something to swoon over)

This time of year we are hitting our apple-stride in PA so I will be focused on all apple everything for the next few months. Then we hit the winner months and the worst time of year for local fruit in the northeast. In my opinion even good citrus fruit is only okay.
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#48 Post by J. Rock » September 10th, 2019, 5:50 pm

I'll snack on grapes from time to time. I think Bristol Farms offers some really good grapes.
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#49 Post by Neal.Mollen » September 10th, 2019, 6:33 pm

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I like grapes a good bit but in general I love fruit. My favorite probably are peaches when they are good but I also like raspberries, strawberries and blackberries a good bit. And, a good melon can be quite good.
I can't really think of a fruit I don't like. Kiwi, I suppose, which has little taste and a waxy texture. Other than that, pretty much everything including grapes.
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#50 Post by Paul Fountain » September 11th, 2019, 5:56 am

I'm just back home after dinner at a local restaurant. The side salad with my steak was radicchio, blue cheese and halved black table grapes. Tasty enough that I'll be looking to do this at home in the near future.

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