TRAUBEN SAFT -- grape juice
This week we picked our Edleweiss grapes; a variety developed by the University of Minnesota. The rush is on when they have finally ripened to get them off the vines before the birds and squirrels eat them. A couple of years ago we admired our grapes one night and woke the next day to find not a single grape on any of our plants. At first we thought it was a cruel joke played on us by a neighbor, but soon enough realized it had been the community of wild animals outside our back door that robbed us of our Edleweiss.
By my account, I'd say we ended up with about 2 bushels of very fragrant grapes.
Growing up in Amana, my aunt had a large trellis covered with Concord grapes. At the end of each summer she would make Trauben Saft or a concentrated grape juice to which we would add water. I used the Amana recipe for saft this morning to make a white grape version.
9/15/2008 11:06:31 am
Vera, I'm assuming it was birds and squirrels since I've caught them eating just about everything else in my garden, but who knows what all prowls around our yard at night.
9/15/2008 03:04:07 pm
My neighbourhood urban squirrels and crows really go for my baby zucchini. I don't think they like them, but they just like to torture me by taking one or two little bites out of each tender squash! You're so lucky to have the grapes...I'm having problems getting my vines to establish well. What a great idea for grape juice!
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