Muscadine grapes are native to the Southeastern United States including Central Florida.
There are approximately 8,000 – 10,000 acres of various muscadine grape vines planted in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Certain varieties flourish in Florida and are tolerant of high humidity, pests and diseases. Our grapes are grown using only natural pesticides and fungicides.
The Florida total grape growing industry is estimated to be 500 to 800 acres.
Most of Florida’s production is sold at farmers market and u-pick operations.
The four main uses of muscadine grapes is (1) jellies and jam, (2) juice, (3) fresh or dried fruit and last but not least (4) wine.
Muscadines, especially their skins are high in Ellagic acid, Quercetin, Trans-resveratrol. Studies indicate these antioxidants in humans influence cell to cell signaling, have anti-inflammatory properties and anti-cancer properties.
Muscadines have any extra set of chromosomes making it difficult to cross with other grape cultivars.
Varieties of muscadines occur both as females and vines that have both male and female flowers. Pollinated female varieties generally produce larger but less fruit.
Harvest season starts in mid August and extends to late October depending on weather conditions.
Most varieties of muscadines are some shade of bronze or some shade of dark purple.
All varieties referred to as Scuppernongs are Muscadines but not all Muscadines are Scuppernongs.
Muscadines freeze well so they their unique flavor can be enjoyed through out the year.