Every fall, I eagerly await the arrival of the concord grape and now the wait is finally over. Today, I had to arrive early to the Union Square Market, just so I could get my hands on a bunch. Every other week that I had arrived mid-afternoon, the small harvest that they had was sold-out. So I was smarter this week and arrived at a better time, but to find myself only waiting in line with other grape fanatics. Only in New York would you have to wait in line for fruit, but that is a different story.
What is it about this particular grape variety that is hallmark above the rest? It would have to be the outer dark purple skin that gives way to a juicy, rich, champagne-like flavor and almost jelly-like consistency that is reminiscent of Welches jelly and grape juice that I once loved as a child, but 100 times better.