The binomial name for Muscadine is Vitis rotundifolia. Almost all Grapes in the world come from cultivars of Vitis vinifera, or Common Grape vine, native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. Relatively minor amounts of Grapes come from American and Asian species including Vitis rotundifolia, and also Vitis labrusca, or Fox Grape, that includes the famous Concord Grape cultivar, Vitis riparia, the wild Riverbank Grape or Frost Grape, native to the Eastern U.S. and up to Quebec, and Vitis amurensis, the Amur Grape, the most important Asian species.
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Muscadine is one tough grape for the South
Perhaps no other fruit is better adapted to South Carolina's climate than muscadine grapes (Muscadinia rotundifolia). A cousin of table and wine grapes, muscadines are much more tolerant of our heat, humidity and pests. These vining plants are native ... Charleston Post Courier [ story ]
Muscadines May Be The Best Grapes You've Never Tasted
Every year as August draws to a close and Labor Day approaches, I start craving muscadines, the large, thick-skinned grapes that were everywhere in my home state of North Carolina when I was growing up. Many summer evenings, my friends and I would sit ... NPR [ story ]
Cooking with the Muscadine Grapes
Most will recognize the sweet Muscadine grape by the variety of sweet wines produced right there in Eastern North Carolina. They are very commonly grown and celebrated by many Muscadine lovers each year. This year marks the 13th Annual Muscadine ... Kinston Free Press [ story ]