Muscadine Grape

luigi_13(7b)October 1, 2012

please, can anyone tell me what a Muscadine Grape tastes like?

This fruit is unknown here, and I would order a plant.

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The Muscadine taste vary from variety to variety as it does in most fruits.. I have some that are very sweet (20% sugar) and I have some that are more for wine and they are less sweet and not as juicy... Where are you located? Here in the south, you can find them growing wild in the woods.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 9:44PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

He is in Italy. Not sure how to describe the taste...the skin is tough and the inside is sweet. Some describe it as foxy but that is not going to help you at all. Some of the varieties are spicy. They are a soft grape no crunch like a table grape.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 9:49PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

A very rough approximation is 75% grape 25% lychee for the texture and taste. It doesn't have the exact lychee aromatic but something that is more like that than the usual grape ones.


    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 8:38AM
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Flavor and texture can vary quite widely. You should also know that muscadines include a pale colored grape called scuppernongs.

Taste can vary from very sweet to quite tart. I enjoy the flavor much more than vitus vinifera, as I find them more complex. I can eat the sweet ones by the quart. The tarter varieties I can eat only a few and I'm done.

The skins on muscadines are much thicker than those of typical grapes and moderately chewy. Most folks I know spit out the skins, though I find them to be the best part of the grape. Be aware that you will get large amounts of fiber by ingesting the skins. Some people will experience a great deal of gas/gastrointestinal distress from the large amounts of fiber.

Also, each grape will have around 4 large seeds. I find the seeds very bitter, and will spit them out. However, they are very high in antioxidants and are considered good for your health.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 8:54AM
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"volpino", meaning "foxy", is how we describe the flavour of a wild species of grape growing here, northern part of Italy. As I read this fruit seems a medley of a strawberry grape as for the texture of the skin and sweetness of the underskin (while the pulp here is quite sour) and a muscat grape or a wild one, and that sounds very appealing to me. I think I will order a plant of a black fruited var. from a nursery in the USA, as it is said to be self fertile.
Thank you all for the help!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 5:28PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


I like Nesbitt it is a dark grape and tastes like a concord...though that probably does not help you at all:) Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 6:46PM
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I have Cowart (black) which is large,juicy and has a 17% sugar cotent..

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 8:30PM
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I grow them for jelly and a very sweet fortified wine. The dark nearly black ones makes wonderful Concord like grape jelly.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 8:17AM
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If I may offer some translation, strawberry grape = Concord.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 9:12PM
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armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)

I find them comparable with large grapes with more flavor... usually a hint of a cinnamon-y flavor. Texture like Lychee's in they squeeze out of the shell. I don't like the super-tartness of the skin (and I like semi-tart fruits usually like raw quince, pomegranates, currants), but my friends like it (i did however liked chewying the seeds with the pulp as it adds a tart crunch to the pulp). I liked the 'Bronze Scuppernongs' variety? I bought at the grocery store more than the dark skinned ones they had (more flavor to me).

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 2:59PM
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Yes, I suspected Concord was what we call strawberry grape, as it is a name we also use for one of the two varieties we grow here (the other is called "anesa", meaning aniseed). Again many thanks to you all, and in addition to the black variety I will order a Scuppernongs one too: I like to have novelty fruits in my orchard...

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 1:50PM
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You will like Scuppernong.. It's a nice flavor.. Please come back and let us know what you think about the var. you get...

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:25AM
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