We have had grape vines that volunteered in our yard for years, without them ever producing any grapes. Finally, this year, we got grapes! I've put 5 one quart ziploc bags into the freezer today. These are very small, pea size and a bit more, blueberry size. Loaded with seeds, not much pulp. But close to a gallon of grapes as our reward for not getting rid of these vines
Our domestic Concords can be rather finicky....this year a good year so I don't even know if I will harvest wild grapes except to do a taste comparison. But jam, Jam, JAM!...wild grapes make excellent jam and are so flavorful that you can dilute your cooked mash before adding sugar and pectin. I just wash the good ones, cook them in a small amount of water, make a mash from them with a potato masher, filter out seeds and larger solids with a colander, then take the juice and add sugar to taste and dilute to desired strength. Follow any regular jam procedure from there for pectin content and canning. Great stuff!....
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Location: Grand Valley of Colorado's Western Slope
posted 3 years ago
And, once processed for jam as John describes, maybe add some tapioca, (1-3 tsp?) and bake it in a pie. We permies love pie
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