Attention all conspiracy theorists – aliens from the moon are invading produce departments across the country. They are leaving their “drops” from “the moon” for unexpected customers. These may be the same aliens that brought that weird looking “fruit” the pomegranate. Is this part of their eventual plan to overthrow the earth and enslave us all? Actually you can put your pitch forks and shotguns down. These Moon Drops aren’t part of an alien invasion. They are yet another grape innovation, coming to you from our friends at Grapery.
Grapery has been changing the perception of the way grapes taste, which has been clear with their Cotton Candy grapes. They also are changing the perception of the way grapes should look. We think of grapes as being round or oval. Thanks to Grapery, we can now add rectangle to the mix. Moon Drops are here. A black, seedless sweet grape, that has a elongated shape. The grape comes to a blunt end where it has an indentation – kind of like a dimple. The unique shape of this grape gives it an amazing bite. Really crisp. Never experienced anything quite like that in a grape. People who clamor for crisp fruit, will fall in love with these Moon Drops. The flavor of the grape isn’t as unique a flavor as Cotton Candy yet it is still very flavorful black grape. I doubt you will find a better tasting black grape.
This variety isn’t exactly new this season. Last year it was included in their Witch Finger line as you can see in the bag above. However after feedback from their consumers Grapery felt it was time to give them their own name. They thought originally about coming up with a name to cover all their uniquely shaped grapes. Consumer feedback showed that these grapes were different enough they deserved their own name. Therefore they conducted an online consumer naming contest. They generated 893 name suggestions! The names were then ranked in order of consumer preference and the name Moon Drops was the clear winner. Other finalists included Finger Snaps, Snap Dragons, Firecrackers, and Dimples. I think they got it right with the name Moon Drops.
Look for Moon Drops grapes at the same retailers where you find Cotton Candy grapes (see my list for 2015). I found them this year at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Availability of these grapes will increase with time. When I visited the Grapery’s vineyards back in March, I was showed some 1 year old Moon Drops vines.