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Sunday
May292011

Muscadines

Muscadines are a grapevine species with a musky-sweet taste.  They are indigenous to the South as they are well adapted to native warm and humid climates.  Muscadines range from bronze to dark purple to black in color when ripe.  Some Southerners consider the skins too tough to eat and they will eat the fruit raw by biting a small hole in the skin, then sucking the thick gelatinous insides into their mouth, taking care to spit out the seeds embedded in it.  Though mostly used fresh, muscadines have also been locally used in making home-brewed wine, juice and jelly.