Definition - What does Muscadine mean?

The muscadine grape from the Vitis rotundifolia species is a native vine from the south-central and southeastern US. It thrives in summer heat and is one variety which needs less cool hours than others. The colors of the fruit range from dark purple to almost black and bronze. It has been cultivated since the 16th century for making artisan wines, jelly and juice.

WineFrog explains Muscadine

The growing range of the muscadine grape extends from Florida to Delaware and from eastern Texas to Oklahoma. The fruit is not for eating raw, as the skins are too thick and tough, but they are rich in polyphenols, making them good for winemaking and for jellies.

The species of muscadines belong to another subgenus from other grapevines, Muscadinia. In the southern states, there are more than 300 cultivars grown including the black, red and bronze varieties. Although, some grapes stay green through maturation, called "scuppernongs".

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