Fresh Kyoho Grapes
Kyoho grapes [pronounced kee-oh-ho] are large, seeded, extremely sweet and juicy with meaty flesh. Like the Concord variety, this specialty grape is powdery and thick-skinned with a blackish purple color. The name in Japanese "kyoho" translates to "big mountain" in English and it was named after Mount Fuji because of its great size.
I absolutely love Kyohos. There are several ways to eat them. You could peel them with a small paring knife because they are large enough, but I think this method wastes a lot of the precious juice inside. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the fruit is to simply place a grape between your index finger and thumb; lean your head a little backward and gently squeeze the fruit until the flesh pushes through the skin, along with a generous amount of fragrant, sweet juice. Remove and discard the few seeds embedded in its flesh, and repeat.
My husband Lulu has planted Concord grape plants in the garden but Concords are much smaller in size with less flesh and sweetness. I'm determined to find Kyoho grape vines this year so we can enjoy them next year. For now, I buy them at the Indian market Taj Mahal Imports -3109 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051 or the Korean store, Marina Foods -10122 Bandley Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014. They're available in California from the beginning of August until late October.
I will post recipes using this amazingly sweet fruit soon. Stay tuned!