As a Southern California resident, I'm always thrilled if I'm able to visit one of the northern states during autumn, and I keep my eyes peeled for these special grapes. This year I was lucky enough to be visiting relatives in Minnesota on the day they were harvesting from their backyard vines. Straining out the seeds to make jelly was a bit time-consuming but well worth the effort for this deeply flavored treat. And the color – oh, the color! The dark purple juice stained our fingers and kitchen cloths, but it was so lovely we didn't mind a bit.
Are you making Concord grape preserves this fall? Or do you have another favorite use for Concords?
Related: Recipe Roundup: Concord Grapes
(Images: Emily Ho)