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Muscadine Grape Plants
What are Muscadine Grapes?Muscadines are a species of grape native to Southeastern USA and were the first grape vine cultivated in North America. The fruit has a sweet musky flavor with thick skins that range in color from the greenish amber of Scuppernongs to the dark purple of 'Supreme' Muscadine. They are ideally suited for growing in warm, humid areas where the pest and disease resistant plants will need little to no spraying in the home garden. Whether you order muscadine grapes online or see muscadine vines for sale at a nursery, if you're buying an all-female plant, be sure to choose a self-fertile variety to provide pollination. One self-fertile selection can pollinate three female muscadine plants.
How to grow Muscadine GrapesThe two main requirements for growing muscadine grapes are to plant them in well-drained soil and in a site that receives six or more hours of sunlight per day. Plant your potted vine so the top of the root ball is level with the top of the soil. Then water-in well. After planting, Gardens Alive!® Grapes Alive!™ fertilizer can be worked into the soil around the plant. Continue to water until the plant is well established. Muscadines are strong growing vines and require a sturdy trellis.
Muscadine Grape Health BenefitsMuscadine grapes contain a myriad of compounds that are beneficial to many aspects of human health. The majority of the polyphenols, flavonoids and antioxidants are contained in the skins and seeds. They contain 6-10 times more antioxidants than many other traditionally high antioxidant fruits. Muscadines are also the most nutrient rich member of the grape family. To get the full level of muscadine grape seed health benefits, chew up those seeds and swallow them when eating your grapes.
How to Eat a Muscadine GrapeThe traditional way to eat a muscadine is to place the grape in your mouth with the stem scar facing up. As you bite down, the pulp and juice will burst out of the skin. Don't discard the skin! That is where the flavor and nutrients are, so just plop these seedless muscadine fruits in your mouth, and eat the entire fruit, including the skin to reap the full flavor, benefits and nutrition.
If you see muscadine grapes for sale in the local farmers market or you have grown your own, there are many ways to use the fruit beyond fresh eating. Make your own delicious muscadine jelly or jam. For the more adventurous, muscadine wine, sweet or dry, can be a very satisfying and enjoyable undertaking. Or take a page from my grandma and make a muscadine pie!