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Monday, August 3, 2009

Baby grapes

Wild grapes. The vines are quite common, but not all grape vines seem to produce grape clusters. I don't know enough about grapes to understand why. Most of the wild grapes in these parts are vitis labrusca, or fox grapes.

Back in the 1850s, fox grapes were bred (is that the right word?) to form several varieties for human consumption. Fox grapes can be... well, foxy. It's not a flavour everyone likes. One of the most popular varieties is the Concord grape, now more popular in jellies and juice than they are eaten as fruit. Speaking of which, they have seeds!

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