It’s Muscadine Season!

Scuppernong Muscadine Vines

It’s that time of year when the muscadine and scuppernong vines are loaded with those funny named grapes we’ve come to love. We planted our vines three years ago, and although they’re a little sad looking due to a lack of rain, the fruit on each is still looking good.

Scuppernongs

We’re actually growing three different varieties: Tara, Darlene, and Pineapple Scuppernongs. Two have very large grapes on them, and one produces smaller ones more typical of what you’d see in the grocery store (though I can’t remember which is which right off hand). All three are the “white grape”, Scuppernong variety of Muscadines. We did plant some purple Muscadines, but unfortunately those vines didn’t survive.

Picking time

This year, our most productive so far, I’ve discovered that each of our vines ripens at different times, with about three or four weeks between them. The first vine was ready to harvest last month. The second is ready now. And the third is just barely beginning to bare ripe fruits. I like that with these different varieties our growing season is extended, and the kids have a longer period of time to graze the vines. They just move from one vine to the next as the weeks progress.

That’s the best part about growing these grapes-  watching the kids picking freely from them, enjoying a little snack while they play.

Scuppernongs

Muscadines make fantastic juice and jelly. But I’ve realized I also need to plant some seedless grapes to make raisins for the kids. I hope to add a few of these varieties to our little “vineyard” in the near future.

You might also enjoy: How To Make Muscadine Jelly and The Easiest Way To Can Homemade Grape Juice

Do you have grapes growing on your land? What’s your favorite variety?


Kendra
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11 Comments

  1. Greetings:

    I just started a new muscadine interest group on Facebook called Muscadine growers. Post your picks, and we can help you figure out which plants are which.

    I moved back to Georgia from Canada three years ago but grew up with muscadines as a kid and have been adding three muscadines a year to my vineyard. The first ones seriously produced for the first time this year. These were Supreme, huge black female muscadine, Pam a large white female muscadine and Ison a self fertile black one. The three I added last year are Black Beauty, Late Fry (a while selfertile one) and Big Red, a red muscadine. This year I’m adding Darlene, Nesbitt (black self fertile) and Florida Fry (white self fertile). Anyway, enjoyed your article. God bless.

    Marcus

  2. We planted 14 vines this year and all made it thru the summer I am praying they make it thru the winter now too. Most are Thompson Seedless and then a couple were Flame and there was one more type but hubby forgot what it was and which vine it is lol.

    I can’t wait to harvest fresh grapes!!!

  3. So far I only have seeded Concord grapes in my yard. Need to take some cuttings and add a few more vines so we can do pressed grape cider at some point. Until then, grape jam/jelly it is. Yum.

  4. We have 4 concord grape vines climbing an arbor. We planted them in April of last year and had about a dozen bunches come in this year. They were delicious! I look forward to more next year.

  5. I DO have grapes growing. But, like you, I don’t know what they are. They were established when we bought our homestead. They are a red, seedless variety. That much I know. They do dry well and store well, though.

  6. We have wild grapes (like Jen’s) all over our property! They are also super tiny, like little purple peas, but they make the BEST jelly!!!! However, they are a lot of work because of their size. Usually, it takes almost two 5 gallon bucket of clusters to make twenty-six half pints of jelly and many-many hours of picking the grapes off the stems to smash and boil down. I do a lot of the work in front of the laptop reading e-mails and things to help pass the time. But we love the jelly and it’s all a gift from God if we are willing to do the work!

  7. I recently spent a day making grape jelly from wild grapes. The wild grapes grow pretty readily here in MN. We were on my husbands grandparents land and found a TON of wild grapes growing along a fence line. I decided to go for it! NEVER AGAIN! Those wild grapes are itty bitty and the work isn’t worth what you get. I ended up with only 2 3/4 cups grape juice. I ended up mixing crabapple juice with the grape juice. It turned out delish! Anyway, we have tried growing grapes more than once and just have not had luck. I forget what variety they were but they were purple. They just don’t seem to grow.

  8. Last year I started some grape vines in my house. I had gone to a neighbors for a few cuttings. I brought them home and cut them more making about 14 from 2 cuttings. I dipped the cut end into water than into a rooting compound and then stuck them in a pot of soil and took them into my living room in front of the south facing window. After several weeks they sprouted leaves then small clusters of grapes, which I removed. This summer I set the pot outside and left them to the weather for moisture and sun. I think I will have to bring them in this winter as I did not get them planted. Think I will take them to the basement that is not as warm as the hoe basement.use. I also have a rose bush started the same way. That also will go to the basement.
    Karon

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