It is surprising how sweet and tasty some grapes that grow in South West London can be. We also made jam with an other variety that was not as pleasant to eat fresh.
Last October we were given a kilo of red grapes by a Wimbledon garden owner. Their skin was quite thick and the small berries were not that pleasant to eat but the larger ones tasted great. They were like Muscat grapes, which we hardly find in the UK trade. The very sunny summer in London had helped them ripen, concentration in sugar was high.
Grapes and apple jam
A few kilos of a less tasty variety were given to us by Southfields friends who have a large vine in their garden. We made jam with it, with 50% grapes and 50% apples.
This jam has a slight after-taste that I don’t like very much though, which reminds me of the strong smell of some wine warehouses. I would recommend to try 33% grapes and 67% apples to strike the right balance. Yet of course it is just a matter of personal taste!
Recipe: same as our redcurrant and raspberry jam, see here.