Mighty Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia)

August 2018

This grape loves the warm and humid climate of the south.

- Fruit is used to make wines, cobblers, juices, pies, jams and jellies.

- Skin is thick and tough—eating the raw fruit is similar to eating a plum and may be an acquired taste.

- Native to the southeastern and south central United States from Florida to Delaware and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

- Contain high concentrations of resveratrol and antioxidants, so some winemakers capitalize on health benefits by crushing seeds and skins and selling to companies that make nutritional supplements.

- Ripen individually unlike bunch grapes, which ripen and are harvested in clusters. Muscadines are picked like berries or tomatoes rather than in clusters.

- Muscadine wine is available at several local vineyards, including La Belle Amie and Hyman Vineyards.