Have you ever had pickled grapes? The first time I had them was in 2013 at the Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn. They were a topping on at least one of the vegan pizzas on the menu, and while I was certainly skeptical of grapes on pizza, not to mention grapes that have been pickled, I figured, whatever I’ll try it, it’s always a good idea to expand your eating horizons. And guys they were SO good! Pickled grapes are sweet and tangy, juicy and bursting with spicy-sweet pickled flavor. Two bites into that pizza and I was glad I didn’t live in the area, or I’d be spending all my money on pizza! Though, not really, because I enjoy making my own too much ;)!
I liked the pickled grapes to the point that you’d think it would have been months not years before I got around to trying my hand at them. But, you need to take into account the fact that I don’t actually love grapes. I’m fine with them, and I’ll eat them, and I love wine–pour me some more please, but I don’t buy fresh grapes. I excuse this by telling myself grapes are essentially all sugar, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lame reason as high sugar content doesn’t stop me from eating all the mangoes I can get my hands on or from eating insane amounts of cherries in their too-short season. At least there’s a chance I’m getting some of grape’s antioxidant properties from wine? Oh well. Point is, I probably haven’t bought grapes since that time (and before), and so it quickly became out of sight out of mind….