The other day while I was in the grocery store, I spied a clear plastic container of what appeared to be teeny tiny grapes. Of course I just had to have them.
It’s no secret that I don’t have much of a green thumb and it seems that every time I plant a vegetable or fruit they always grow stunted. Once I actually harvested a fully ripe Barbie sized cantaloupe—a one-bite wonder. But putting all my agricultural failures aside, what were these amazing wee grapes? Were these grapes some happy accident? Were they the result of someone’s poor abilities in farming?
These little jewels of fruit sometimes called champagne grapes (another advertising moniker) are actually Black Corinth grapes. Have you ever had any baked goods with currants in them? If so you have tasted Black Corinth grapes. (Gee, I never knew what a currant was) Yes, the dried miniscule raisins called currants are actually an ancient Greek variety of grape. In their natural state they don’t produce fruit any larger than pinheads and take a lot of finagling to encourage them to an edible size. They must girdle them and shoot them full of hormones. Sounds like someone whose going through menopause, don’t you think?
All I know is Black Corinth grapes are yummy! So if you see some in our local grocery store you better pick them up.