Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Celebrating the Yumminess of Champagne Grapes...!

Courtesy of  Nuts About Fruit on Blogspot...
Hello Lovers of ALL things Yummy!

Doesn't say Corinth but goes with the grapes so well!
A couple of days ago when I did my quick shop at Trader Joe's, I was easily persuaded to buy one of my FAV fruits...champagne grapes. I have always loved the sweet yet slightly tart taste of them. Then when you add them to champagne, they take on another meaning all together. When snacking on these sweet little lovelies during the kiddos' lunch, I decided that I should give them a proper shout out.

I never really knew where they originated, or how they got their name, so I looked it up.  Here is what I found out. I hope that you find it as interesting as I do.

The champagne grape was not always called that.  It was originally called the Corinth grape, (officially the Black Corinth) being named after the primary port in Greece from which fruit was exported.  It is the smallest seedless grape, and is only in season from late spring until early fall.  It was initially a table grape, and in its fried version a currant.  I have used currants before in my white chocolate scones.  Little did I know that I was using this type of grape.

Product of the U.S.A.! YAY!!!
The grape was introduced in America in the late 1800s by  famed American botanist David Fairchild. He brought in 200,000 plants. However, it was Thompson Seedless Grape company that made it famous here with a system called girdling that enabled them to mass produce the fruit.

So you are probably wondering how it became known as the Champagne Grape (versus the Corinth)? Well, it was a grape producer named Allin Corrin fom Reedley, California, who did a pictorial editorial in Sunset Magazine that showcased them in a Champagne flute, that made them synonomous with drinking champagne. They were forever rebranded.


I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history regarding this small yet unforgettable fruit.  Enjoy many helpings, and add them to your cereal, yogurt, fruit tarts, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Til next time,

Kat

P.S. Here is the link to the blog in which I found my nifty image (http://nutsaboutfruit.blogspot.com/2010/08/tiny-bubbles-tiny-grapes.html)
Go check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating! Love champagne grapes, too, but didn't know their history. Thanks for sharing!

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