Concord grapes are finally here in NYC. To me, they always signify the end of Summer and beginning of the Fall/Winter season. Although people are already complaining about how cool it is in New York (I'm loving it), I know everyone feels revitalized by the back-to-school season. There is an air of optimism about a new season, much like a new year. It's a time to stop vacationing and get back to work (and we're all kind of relieved to do so).
I took note from my own concord grape lemonade and did a simple frozen dessert. Although this recipe could not be simpler, the flavors are SO potent and seriously addicting. Go grab some concords while you can and maybe some new No. 2 pencils while you're at it.
CONCORD GRAPE & LEMON ZEST POPSICLEs (gluten-free, vegan) Makes 6 popsicles
- 12 oz. concord grapes, rinsed
- 1/4 cup granulated or coconut sugar
- 1 large lemon, juice and zest
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until combined well and pureed. Drain mixture through a fine sieve into a medium size bowl.
Pour mixture carefully into popsicle molds. Freeze for about 20 minutes, add wooden sticks, then continue freezing for 10-24 hours before eating.