One disadvantage to living in the United States is that you only get one kind of grape. Granted, it’s seedless, has a thin skin and is mild, but you still only get one kind of grape. Sure you might seem some other strains occasionally, but for the most part grapes are as uniform as cheddar cheese (maybe less if you count white cheddar as different that orange). Today we went to the market and I purchased 7 different types of grape. I know that’s rather pathetic since Wikipedia lists 858 different varieties in English and 72 in Hungarian (one that I bought wasn’t on either list) but in my defense it was only one day (and hence not all 72 are in season) and I only bought those marked with names that I could see. I’ve been meaning to buy “all” the different types of grape for some time, and today seemed like a good day to start since they were selling Souvenir grapes which I had never seen before. They are elongated and look like ornamental purple peppers. They are exactly the sort of thing that a man like me cannot pass up. Apparently Hungarians love peppers so much they even have grapes that look like them!
The grapes are, from left to right, top to bottom:
- Saszla (Chasselas). There is also a red version which I didn’t buy.
These are the most common and most like American table grapes.
- Muskotály (Muscat).
- Palatina Augusztusi Muskotály (Muscat). I couldn’t really tell the muscats apart.
- Othello (cross of Vitis labrusca, Vitis riparia, and Vitis
vinifera–whatever that means since they all have many varieties). This was my favorite.
- Néró (cross of Medoc Noir and Pearl of Csaba).
- Boglárka (translated Buttercup). This was my least favorite and kind of the American “alternate” grape.
- Szuvenír (translated Souvenir). This were actually very nice, but I was expecting too much. I wanted them to taste radically different and they didn’t.