Sunday, August 21, 2011

The wild grapes of North Carolina

It has always saddened the blog that apiculture and viticulture are unrelated endeavors, as cultivated grapes do not require pollination. But there is an exception to this rule. The wild grapes of the southeastern United States - the muscadines - are dependent upon insect pollinators for setting their fruit. And, because the blog has been so busy this summer that it had to let its garden go natural, the bees are busy on the vines. The name muscadine was given by the early settlers of North Carolina, who were reminded of the French muscat grape by the sweet musk scent of these wild grapes. The first wines ever produced in the United States were likely made from muscadine grapes!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not real familiar with Appalachian plants. The pictured leaves & clusters appear similar to the grapes that are growing near my garage, what are they? They start off green turning white, then sort of turquoise, then a light purple mottled with the pale green/white; they taste mild, sweet & are seedy. There's also a second type that's similar except the leaves are more lobulated.