Thomcord Seedless Grapes – Currently Offered At E.Armata

Thomcord Seedless Grapes

Picture this: a hybrid of Thompson Seedless and Concord grapes — let’s call it the Thomcord. Luckily, in 1983, the two grapes were crossed by U.S. Department of Agriculture grape breeders at Parlier and was finally released to farmers in 2003. At Armata, distributing from the Hunts Point Market, we now offer Thomcord grapes!

In 1848, Ephraim Wales Bull, of Concord, Massachusetts, planted 22,000 seeds of wild grapes in hopes of finding “the perfect grape.” After going through the vines, he settled on the variety we know today as Concord — a selection of the native wild grape of the eastern part of North America. Thompson Seedless is a hybrid of Vitis vinifera — “seedless” is, in fact, misleading. California’s seedless grapes contain rudimentary seeds which have been bred to prevent pollination. Since the seeds stay small and unfertilized, they’re unnoticeable.

The Thomcord looks almost identical to a cluster of Concord with a hint of Labrusca’s heady grapiness in its flavor, making it superior among most seedless grapes; it’s sweet but not cloying.

When you bite into a Thomcord, you’ll notice the occasional tiny, crunchy bits in the berries — those being the rudimentary seeds which have developed just a little more than in the Thompson Seedless. Concord has also contributed to the hybrid with a little of the buzzy bite in the back of the throat that characterizes the wild grapes of the East.

At E. Armata, we are a family-run fruit and produce wholesaler now taking the name of one of the largest wholesalers operating in the Hunts Point Market. We pride ourselves on having a family tradition of loyalty to our customers and good partnerships with farmers and growers that span over generations. We work with the most recognizable fresh produce brands while offering our own E. Armata label to bring you the best of this industry.

Below is an interesting alternative to an ordinary fruit tart — the seedless grape tarte. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. 

Seedless Grape Tart | Serving size: 8

For the pastry cream:

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the assembled tart:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup rolled oatmeal
  • 2 cups pastry cream
  • 3½ cups green and red grapes, halved


  • For the pastry cream: In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until it becomes thick. Beat in the flour and cornstarch.
  • In a saucepan, bring milk just to a boil; gradually add the milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to avoid curdling the eggs.
  • Return mixture to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until the mixture is thick and pulling away from sides of pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
  • Using a rubber spatula, press mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap, and cool to room temperature in refrigerator.
  • For the assembled tarte: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a food processor or blender, mix the flour, sugar, and salt together. Add the butter and mix until it resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend until the mixture just comes together when squeezed. Add more water if necessary. Add the oats and blend to combine.
  • Press the dough onto the bottom and one inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. On a middle rack, bake for about 25 minutes watching carefully to ensure the dough doesn’t burn. Let the crust cool before taking it out of the pan.
  • When the crust is cool, remove the pan and place the crust on a serving plate. Whisk the cooled pastry cream until light and smooth. Spread a half inch or so even on the floor of the crust. Arrange the grapes cut side down on the pastry cream and press them in. Refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, dust the top with powdered sugar.

Recipe Courtesy Of Press Democrat

Want to learn more about our grape selection? Contact E.Armata located at the Hunts Point Market today!

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Why Do Onions Make Me Cry? – Hunts Point Produce Market

Onions come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and flavors. Onions can be spicy and pungent or sweet and juicy and are full of vitamins and antioxidants. At E.Armata, a produce distributor at Hunts Point Produce Market, we carry a wide variety of onions from all across the world ranging in color, size, and taste. Although the characteristics of onions may vary, one thing they all have in common is the reaction they cause when you chop, cut, crush, or smash them. Within a few moments of opening up an onion, the aromatic scent wafts up to your nose, and your eyes begin to water. What exactly causes this reaction and can it be prevented?

Why Onions Make You Cry?

When the skin of an onion is broken and the onion’s cells break down, two normally separated substances combine. Damaging an onion causes its defenses to kick in and as cells break, the chemical reaction is released. Lachrymatory-factor synthase enzymes are released and react with the sulfoxides, converting them into sulfenic acids. When combined with the air, the sulfenic acid becomes a compound called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. When this compound meets our eyes, nerve endings in the cornea register the sensation of the syn-propanethial-S-oxide as a substance that could harm our eyes, thus causing them to tear.

How To Avoid Crying While Chopping

Scientists in Japan are working on engineering a tearless onion but until they make it to our grocery stores, here are a few tips you can try to avoid crying while chopping.

  • Chop the onion underwater.
  • Turn on a fan or open a window to scatter the sulfur compounds.
  • Chill or cook an onion before chopping it.
  • Wear goggles or glasses to protect your eyes.

Handling onions may be a hassle, but they are worth the struggle for the health benefits they offer. Apart from being high in vitamins and antioxidants, some studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like onions decreases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Now that you know about the benefits of onions and how to avoid crying while preparing them, all you need now is some onions! At E. Armata, located at the Hunts Point Produce Market, we sell only the best quality and freshest onions available. We are your family-run produce and fruit wholesaler in the Hunts Point area as well as one of the largest wholesalers in the Hunts Point Produce Market. Call us at 718-991-5600 for any questions or to place an order.


Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples

Recipe Courtesy Of The Food Network Kitchen

Photo Courtesy Of Food Network Magazine

Total Time – 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cooking apples (such as Cortland), cut into chunks
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In the meantime, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until golden, about 6 minutes. Flip and cook 2 to 3 more minutes, then transfer to a plate. Leave two tablespoons of pan juices on the skillet for step 2.
  2. Add the apples and onion to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly softened, for about four minutes. Mix the broth with the mustard, then add to the skillet and bring to a boil. Arrange the chicken, skin-side up, in the skillet. Transfer to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Mix the flour and butter to form a paste. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken, onion, and apples to plates. Bring the pan juices to a simmer, whisk in about half of the butter-flour mixture and boil to thicken for about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, adding more of the butter-flour mixture as needed to make a slightly thick gravy. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken and sprinkle with parsley.
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Unique Ways to Prepare Cauliflower – Hunts Point Produce Market

Cauliflower Tips

Cauliflower available at E.Armata Inc located at the Hunts Point Produce Market is a close relative to broccoli, is an extremely healthy vegetable that contains many crucial health benefits. Some benefits of cauliflower in your diet include:

  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Decreased risk for heart disease and brain disorders
  • High levels of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C and K
  • Improved digestion and detoxification
  • Increased weight loss
  • Balanced hormones
  • Healthy eyes

Cauliflower is an important part of a healthy diet. While eating plain cauliflower can become rather boring, there are many unique ways in which you can prepare cauliflower. This way, you will receive the many benefits of cauliflower, all while enjoying a delicious meal! Pick up some healthy ingredients for these delicious recipes at Hunts Point Produce Market.

Here are ten ways you can prepare a yummy meal that includes cauliflower:

  1. Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Do you love pizza but feel that it’s a bit too unhealthy? Try this alternative! Instead of regular dough, this recipe incorporates cauliflower as a crust, creating for the perfect recipe for a healthier pizza!
  2. Cauliflower Soup – Fall is fast approaching and what better way to warm up than a nice bowl of soup? This cauliflower soup only takes about one hour to prepare and it tastes delicious! Give it a go!
  3. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower – Tired of mashed potatoes? Give something else a try this Thanksgiving! Mashed cauliflower is super easy to make, tastes great, and is way healthier than mashed potatoes!
  4. Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta – You’ve heard of pasta and broccoli, so why not try pasta and cauliflower? This recipe is loaded with garlic and parmesan, making for a delicious, healthy pasta dish!
  5. Indian-Style Cauliflower – Mix your love for cumin, curry, and cauliflower with this delicious recipe!
  6. Cauliflower-Carrot Cheesy Tots – Finally! A healthier alternative to tater tots. Try these out, they surely will not disappoint! Plus, they’re a perfect party snack that kids will love.
  7. Creamy Cauliflower Dip – This creamy, yogurt-based dip is perfect for vegetables and chips at your next gathering!
  8. Cauliflower Jalapeno – Ready for a recipe that mixes spicy with sweet? Try this one out! Roasting the cauliflower caramelizes it, and when it is paired with jalapeno dressing, it’s truly incredible.
  9. Cauliflower Lasagna – This low-carb lasagna recipe isn’t actually pasta – it’s grated cauliflower! You won’t notice a difference though, as it is equally as delicious!
  10. Cauliflower Fried Rice – This fried rice definitely will not disappoint. It tastes just like the one from your favorite Asian restaurant!

Now that you have all of these amazing, delicious recipes on hand, there’s only one thing you are missing: cauliflower! At E. Armata, located at Hunts Point Produce Market, we sell only the best quality and freshest cauliflower available. We are your family run produce and fruit wholesaler in the Hunts Point area as well as one of the largest wholesalers in the Hunts Point Produce Market. Come on down to E. Armata for all of your cauliflower and produce needs! Call us at 718-991-5600 for any questions.