Thursday, August 28, 2014

Muscadine Grape Season In South Florida

Muscadine grapes are in season again. They are a native grape variety to Florida and have a unique flavor that is very different than other grapes. Muscadines are used to make jam and wine and can be eaten raw. They have a very thick skin and might make your lips tingle when eaten raw. But their sweet, spicy, pungent flavor and juiciness are well worth the risk.

Florida native grown muscadine grapes on the vine,
Copyright 2014 by Helen A Lockey
Muscadines also have the highest level of antioxidants of any edible grape variety.

You can find fresh muscadine grapes at most grocery stores from August through the end of September. But if you are looking for fresher fruit then contact a Florida vineyard in your area and see if they allow u-pick.

The closest vineyard to South Florida that allows people to pick their own grapes is Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid.

They are open Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. 12 noon to 4 p.m. You can reach them by calling (863) 699 - 2060 for more details.

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