Muscadine Grape

Common Name: Muscadine grape

Scientific Name: Vitis rotundifolia

Origin: Southeastern and south-central United States

Family: Vitaceae

Bloom time: Fruit ripens in very late summer

There are two kinds of muscadine vines in the Edible Garden: ‘Ison’, a tasty bronze female variety containing up to 22 percent sugar, and ‘Darlene’, which produces bronze fruit that turns pink as it ripens. Muscadines are used in making wines, juices and jellies, but the raw fruit may be an acquired taste thanks to a thick, plum-like skin.