Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Shopping with Blobby

Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think! 

During our vacation happy hour(s), which normally start at 17:00, we have always opted for a selection of cheese, crackers and fruit. 

Nine times out of 10 the fruit of choice is grapes. Almost always green ones, at that. 

But when landing at Harris Teeter upon our arrival, the green grapes were small and looked subpar. I saw no regular red seedless grapes at all. Supply chain, I suspect. 

But in the grape section were these beautiful and huge grapes - nothing of which I have ever seen. 

The sign didn't say 'seedless', so I knew we'd be dealing with some seeds, but big deal, in the grand scheme of things. 

Muscadine Grapes. 

NPR called them: Maybe the Best Grapes You've Never Tasted. 

.....and I wish I hadn't. 

The word 'vile' comes to mind. 

710 and I both tried one at the same time. We both spit them out at exactly the same time too. 

The NPR article states: "have been shown to be rich in total phenolic compounds, ellagic acid, and catechins," which may help ward off cancer".  

Honestly, I'd rather have cancer.

The interubes say how hardy they are, easy to grow, cheaper, more antioxidants.....blah blah blah.  They say they're sweeter too.  Not sure what happened to my package of them. Bitter and taste what I'm guessing what poison might taste like. 

The skin is thick and not as easy to break through with your teeth as you'd expect - and once you do, you're sorry you did.  "Vile" comes to mind. 

And cheaper than others?  To grow maybe. To purchase, no so much. They were TWICE the price as the other grapes. Twice as expensive to throw away, which is what we did. 

I'm interested to know if anyone else has tried these, and if so, what they thought. 


Travel said...

A southern kind of a fruit.

Ad said...

Tried them a couple of times. Did not like them either, because they were cloyingly sweet, too much and that aroma can be overpowering. Apparently a popular varietal here for sweet wine (think dandelion wine sweet)

Old Lurker said...

What is up with all the designer grapes now? Mitchell bought some cotton-candy flavored grapes, and apparently they come in strawberry flavor too?

I have never eaten these grapes, but you have taught me a valuable lesson: sometimes beautiful and huge is not worth the price.

Ur-spo said...

'vile' and 'grapes' should never be uttered in the same sentence.