Also known as the grape of the south, muscadines have been gathered for centuries for jams, preserves, and homemade wine. They can either be beige or dark purple colored. The beige variety is usually referred to as Scuppernongs. Besides their history, muscadine grapes have gained popularity for their health benefits, too.
Why are they beneficial?
Because of their richly colored skin, muscadines have the highest amount of antioxidants in the entire grape family. These antioxidants protect against heart disease and some types of cancer. They also have plenty of fiber and vitamin C which support your digestive and immune systems.
When are they in season?
Muscadines thrive in hot and humid climates of the southeast, so they are usually in season during late summer. They normally aren’t hard to find locally since they are a popular crop to grow in this region.
How long will they keep?
If stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, muscadines will last up to one week. Only wash them before you eat them. Use within a few days for the best nutrition and taste.
How can I prepare them?
Muscadine grapes have a thick skin and seeds in the middle, so usually just the pulp is eaten raw. If you prefer to cook them, here are a few ideas:
- Make an easy muscadine jam. (You can make it without pectin. Your jam will just be a little runnier.)
- Make muscadine sorbet for a healthy, cool dessert.
- Make muscadine honey syrup for pancakes or waffles.
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