Monday, August 4, 2014

Budou Gari

Some of the Kagoshima people I know wanted to go out to a place called Country Park for a bit of budou gari, or "grape picking".

Country Park advertises that they don't use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. I guess that's why they keep all the grape bunches in baggies, to keep the insects out. The paper bags have flaps you can pull back so you can look through the plastic window to check how ripe the grapes are. The owners have picnic tables set up, allowing you to relax, drink tea, and sample the different kinds to grapes to help you decide which ones to buy. They had purple, green, muscat, and 2 other varieties available. I liked the muscat, but went with the purple grapes because they were sweeter.

The bags of big purple grapes are roughly 400 grams each, and the pricing is 1,300 yen ($13 USD) for 1 kg (2.2 pounds). I bought 3 bags, which came to 1,700 total. We went through the first bag in one night.

Good grapes.

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