These are Globe Grapes and they are freakishly huge, which is why I have always ignored them at the Farmer’s Market.
During my visit there last week, a young, energetic, and tooth-challenged farmer encouraged me to try one after reassuring me that they are not enormous due to chemicals, hormones, or genetic modification.
I was quite surprised to bite into a bunch of seeds (a welcomed surprise since most fruits these days have been altered mad-science style to have smaller seeds or no seeds at all) but they were delicious, almost syrupy sweet like ripe cherries. Certainly better than than any grapes I’ve had in recent years.
I was curious about the origin of these gigantic seedy Globe Grapes, so I asked my new farmer friend where they originate. His response was better than I could have dreamt of. He got super animated, flapping his little chicken wing arms around and exclaimed,
“They’re from the Bible! Its in the scripture!”
Uhhh. Ok dude. I meant like WHERE GEOGRAPHICALLY.
He went on to quote bible verses for me, which is a common side effect of living in the freakin’ Bible belt South, but I just sort of stood there smiling and let him get it all out of his system while I bagged up some more veggies and shoved my cash in his direction.
So whatever. Bible grapes or not, they are really good.