Yes, that’s a strange title for a post, and you may be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Well, it’s really as simple as that: concord grapes smell pretty revolting. There are lots of grape vines growing in my backyard and when the weather starts to turn a little cool, the scent of grapes is heavy on the air, and let me tell you, it’s gross.
Wikipedia describes the grapes as “highly aromatic,” which I find to be pretty comical. Let me see if I can do any justice to this odor. First off, it does indeed smell like grapes, but boy is it strong. It is a sickeningly, cloyingly sweet stench that really turns my stomach. Perhaps it’s just that it reminds me so much of my “grape flavored” treatments of fluoride that I got as a child at the dentist’s office. As horrid as those were, at least I can say that I am 27 years old and cavity-free.
I would be a little more tolerant of the stench if these grapes had some use. You can’t make any good wine with them, and they are not great for eating. They have incredibly thick skin that has to be removed, which is creepy in and of itself, and then they’re just… not worth eating. Yes, they are used to make grape juice and jelly, but again, I tend to get bad flashbacks of the dentist’s office when I try to consume either of those things.
Does anyone else suffer from the scourge of concord grapes growing in their lawns? Or… do you like the smell?