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Grape, Muscadine

Vitaceae Vitis rotundifolia Michx.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These are a distinctive type of grape, native in the southeastern states, and largely grown there. Vines are characteristically strong growers, quite disease resistant. Fruit is borne singly or in small clusters, usually not more than a half dozen berries. Fruit skin is very tough, and separates from the pulp. Berries are generally nearly round, 0.75 to 1 inch or more in diameter, and are harvested without the stem adhering. Commercial production is small, but they are widely grown for home use and local markets in southeastem states.

Season, bloom to harvest: 4 to 5 months.

Production in U.S.: Estimate 2,000 tons commercially.

Use: Fresh fruit, juice, wine.

Part of fruit consumed: Interior pulp, but pulp and skin usually separated in the mouth.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch