Scuppernong

(MUSCADINE, V. ROTUNDIFOLIA)

Scuppernong is a historically important Native American Muscadine variety. This bronze-skinned grape is a member of the Vitis rotundifolia family, which includes the first native grapes to produce wine. Scuppernong, which has a typically grapey, musky flavor, has been cultivated since 1809. However, wine is said to have been made from wild vine fruit by French immigrants in the mid-16th century. Known by many aliases, including Hickman’s Grape and Bullace, it is mostly grown in the southeastern and Gulf states of the U.S., where it can reach 18% fruit sugar. Ripening near mid-season, it produces sweet-finished white wines. Reportedly, it is very resistant to Pierce’s disease.

At home in the humidity of Florida, you yield more fruit than the Miami Gay Pride parade. Yes, you are quite an original; in fact, you are the original. Your family, Vitis Rotundifolia, were the first native Americans to yield wine. And the family name 'Rotunda-fullia' is so appropriate, with your Read more »

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