Fruit To Scare Children: Witch Finger Grapes

Hang a bunch out the window and see if it doesn't scare the crap out of your air-shaft neighbors.

Botanists are racing to invent new and more striking strains of fruit to satisfy apparently bottomless consumer demand. The latest -- spotted and purchased at Eataly this afternoon -- is the Witch Finger grape. Yes, a small bunch does look like a shriveled human hand. Grab a pointy hat and broomstick and you're ready for Halloween.

The Witch Finger is a reshaped black seedless grape. The flavor is extra-sweet. (If they're going to invent a new strain, why not make it super-sweet, too?) Unfortunately, at $7 per pound, this grape is best used as a conversation starter at a party you throw for your boss.

Anyway, there's almost no info to be had on the Web about Witch Finger, or its fellow newly invented grape, Cotton Candy. Only that few retail stores offer it, and it's supposed to be rare. Which is maybe how the grape made its way into Eataly. Expect to see them in Citarella soon, and, after that, Whole Foods. Eventually, the ones from FreshDirect will arrive old and squished.

Like the sign says, they're not giving them away.

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Just purchased some from my local grocery store in Tampa, FL. Very unique look. The taste is great. At first glance, I thought they were some kind of chile pepper. Although with their bizarre look, I was expecting a more "exotic" flavor.

Jim Beagle
Jim Beagle

Hi Robert, I am the farmer in California behind Witch Fingers and Cotton Candy.  Glad to see your interest in them.  It's a very experimental variety from our breeding program where we are cross pollinating lots of interesting and very flavorful varieties to come up with new grapes that taste great.  It's a slow process (10 years +) to come up with something new, so we are patient but we see lots of exciting new things in the pipeline for people to try.  We think most produce should taste MUCH better than what consumers typically see, so we are very focused on growing grapes that taste great.  Hope you see some of our other varieties soon! Regards, Jim Beagle, Grapery


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Hello! I'm from Russia, I have long dreamed of such grapes grow. Where can I buy cuttings?


Lying fag you didn't invent them? They are from arkansas

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