Concord grapes – the sweet smell of summer

 Our harvest of concord grapes was plentiful.  With pans and trays of the purple grapes everywhere, the sweet smell of summer has been wafting through our kitchen.   Their fresh aroma is strong and intoxicating, and it strengthens as the grapes simmer on the stove, crack open, and release their juices.  For now we’re enjoying a deliciously flavorful concord grape sorbet that melts in the mouth — a small taste goes a long way.  It’s a deep, dark color of rich purple; almost (but not quite) too beautiful to eat.  And we also have a plethora of concord jelly ready for the upcoming months.    When the snow is piled around and the temperatures are cold, we’ll open a jar of grape jelly and be quickly transported back to the waning days of summer.