Along the Grapevine

Wild Grape Curd

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DSC03249.JPGA delicious adaptation of lemon curd, this wild grape dessert has just as many uses. By using fresh or frozen wild grape juice, it is ready in a matter of minutes. It can be used as a topping for pound cake, ice cream or baked in tarts or pastry or even just as is – it’s that good. All you will need is a few wild grapes which are available now for the picking!

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This is a rare year in S.E. Ontario. The grapes appeared about 6 weeks ago and are still going strong. It is the first time I have been able to harvest them even after a frost which is when they are at their sweetest. The only drawback is there are few leaves left on the bushes, so they are a little harder to identify. Be sure that they are in fact grapes and not Virginia Creeper. The former grow in a dense, elongated bunch as seen in the photo above, while the Virginia Creeper grows in a widespread bunch, and have redder, fleshier stems as seen below.

20091003153904 Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) vine with blue berries - Oakland Co.JPGIn a past post, I produced the juice by heating the berries until soft, then straining them This time I tried a different method as I wanted some fresh, uncooked juice for making sodas and juice. For 6 cups of fruit, I added two cups of water and then pressed them through the food mill. It was this juice I used for making the wild grape curd.

Wild Grape Curd

Ingredients

1 cup grape juice

4 eggs and 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces of about 1 Tbsp. each

Method

Beat together the first three ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl (or use a double boiler) over simmering water and stir constantly. Once the mixture coats a metal spoon (about 8-10 minutes) remove it from the heat and gradually add the butter one spoonful at a time and mix until it has all melted and blended in with the curd. Cool and refrigerate. It will keep for five days in the fridge.

I also used this same juice to make a quick and easy jam by mixing together 2 cups of juice, 1 1/2 cups sugar (1/3 cup of which was lavender scented) and 4 Tbsp chia seeds. I cooked all this together on the stove top until sufficiently thickened. I had never heard of making jam this way, but have since learned it’s been done before. No wonder, it so easy, can be made in small amounts and is also great for baking. I used it to make pop tarts.

As for the seeds and skin which get separated for the juice, no need to throw them all out. Fill a jar about 1/4 full with the pulp, then fill with white wine vinegar and allow to sit for at least three weeks before straining, longer if possible, and you will have a fruity vinegar which can be used as is or reduced and thickened with butter to make a gourmet sauce.DSC03268.jpgRelated posts: Wild Grape Ketchup; ย Burmese Cake with Wild Grape Glaze.

Linked to: Fiesta Friday #143; Cooking with Aunt Juju, Spoon in a Saucepan.

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

16 thoughts on “Wild Grape Curd

  1. As always, this just looks delicious and so original!!

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  2. What a wonderful idea. It sounds delicious!

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  3. Such a gorgous color. It would be so good on pound cake or cheesecake. waiting to harvest the grapes after frost is the same concept as Ontario’s famous ice wines ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿท

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    • I put some on my fruit salad to-day – sooo good! And yes, there are plenty of things that should ideally be picked after the first frost. Rose hips being one I just learned about, but apparently popping them in the freezer for a bit will also do the trick.

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      • What do you use rosehips for Hilda?

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      • To be honest, I haven’t used them that much. I just haven’t found enough of them around here, although when travelling I found some in Nfld which were huge and good just off the bush. I have been reading about them lately though, and would love to find a good quantity of them. Apparently they are all edible, but the flavours vary. Up till now my only experience is with tea and jelly, but surely there is much more can be done with them.

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  4. I love the color of this!! So beautiful! I would love to find some wild grapes and try this. I can imagine it has a very deep flavor, like the color.

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  5. I am not a fan of lemon curd but this grape curd I could find all kinds of uses for. Happy FF Hilda!

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  6. I have never thought of making a curd out of grapes, but I know this must be wildly delicious, Hilda! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. I love the flavour of grape so this sounds really good and I love how you use so much of the grape! The fruity vinegar sounds like an amazing way to avoid some waste and have something delicious๐Ÿ™‚.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at FF.

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  8. I love to follow your forage stories and what you and picking and making. Wild grape curd sounds delicious!๐Ÿ™‚

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