Sep 12, 2013

Muscadine Season is Here...

The sweet taste of muscadines remind me of the summers and weekends I spent at my grandparents house.  Those were fun and carefree times when we were allowed to leave the house and explore for hours and use our imagination to entertain ourselves. We took breaks from playing, rested under trees and enjoyed eating sweet muscadines.

We are fortunate to have several pick your own farms in the area.  Our crop came from Brown's Muscadine Farm. They are pestiside free, which allowed us to safely taste as we picked. 

Since muscadines are native to Georgia, I thought it would great for my kids to spend time at a muscadine farm and taste the sweetness from fresh fruit that they picked themselves.  They learned which fruit to pick and which fruit to leave on the vines for ripening.

The best way to eat them is to bite through the skin and then suck the juice from the grape.  While eating her first muscadine my daughter replied, " Mom, it is so sweet ", as she wiped the juice from her chin with her tongue. When ripe, they are so sweet and delicious.

 We gathered two types: the purple variety and the green variety known as scuppernong.

Muscadine are native to the south and are similar to grapes with a tougher thicker skin and more intense flavor. The flesh inside is so sweet that you do not mind the seeds. In addition to eating fresh off the vine, they are used to make wine, jelly and syrup. Muscadines are in season late August through October. So, if you live in the south take the time to visit a farm and pick your own.  I think it will be worth the effort.

Wondering what we are going to do with our basket full of muscadines.  Stay tuned for some yummy ideas.....

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