Thursday, May 17, 2012
A few years ago, I think it was 5 actually, I got some Concord grape vines. They were bare root scraggly looking little things with some lame little leaves barely hanging on to the dried out branches. So I potted them up, put them in a sunny spot in the gardens and left them alone.
About 3 years ago I noticed that the vines were growing out of the pots. So I dug a hole for them at the base of the columns of my vegetable parterre and plopped them in there. Then I left them alone.
Last year when I was picking tomatoes, I noticed there were grapes on my grape vines. I harvested them - all 5 of them - and my DH and I feasted on them right away. They were sweet and wonderfully grapey. Everything a Concord should be.
This year, though, I'm going for something else. This year I want to make stuffed grape leaves. I think I can get some good ones from my grape vines. They should be big enough and there should be enough of them that harvesting a dozen or so shouldn't make a difference to the vine.
So since it isn't even past the last frost date yet, I decided to go out and check on the status of the grape leaves.
It was a little windy and they were moving around a bit, but so far it looks good. A few are still in bud, but most of them have opened up.
I wonder if you have to use a particular type of grape leaf to make stuffed grape leaves. And I think they will need to be brined or something before they are stuffed.
Ah, the simple questions in life. You have to love it.