Monday, August 22, 2011

Grape Bounty

We were at my mom's place last week to celebrate her birthday when I noticed some beautiful grapes hanging from here trellis. These were the remainders of the harvest that she couldn't reach - the rest had been cleared our recently to prevent a mess. So much fruit goes to waste in peoples backyards just because they can't handle the bounty.

I gladly volunteered to harvest what was left with a ladder. I would estimate the haul at about ten pounds and it was just a fraction of what the vine produced. I don't know which variety these are but they were seedless and delicious.

We washed the grapes well, then gave about half of the haul to some of our nearest neighbors ( 4 houses at a little over a pound each). Kept about 2 pounds for ourselves to eat fresh and made raisins with the rest.

We are considering planting our own vine once we figure out which varietal these are but we will definitely be checking in with my mom on the grapes from her vine a little earlier next year.


  1. Those are lovely grapes.

    Two houses down from us there is a large, wild grapevine on a fence. I couldn't stand seeing all that fruit go to waste so last year I picked a bushel of grapes. I could have picked much more - but there is only so much time in the day to preserve food. The grapes were good, but very seedy so I made most of them into grape jelly - a lot of grape jelly - 32 jars! Good thing we all like sandwiches.

  2. Thats awesome Gina. These grapes were as delicious as they were beautiful - we really lucked out - seedless too. I don't think they would have made very good grape jelly. They don't have the strong flavor of a concord but the raisins are exceptionally sweet. I'll post a pic soon.

  3. Let us know if you find out what variety they are. I'm looking for a grape that will do well in Los Angeles.

  4. I wonder if they'd make a good wine? I understand that you need about 100 pounds to have enough to be worth messing with it.

    Really pretty grapes though.

  5. I didn't even think about raisins! I bought southern home muscadine grape vines last year but I think I've put them in the wrong area..anyway I love your harvest!


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