Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Muscadine & Scuppernongs

After work today, I grabbed a bucket and filled it with muscadines and scuppernongs off of the vines that are growing all in my backyard. The scuppernongs were a cultivated variety that was planted many years ago by the previous owner. The muscadines are just wild vines that are growing in the trees and bushes. I am going to try to make a few jars of jelly. I consulted the Internet and found a lot of different recipes. In the end, I did the smart thing and picked up the phone and called Mom. She always puts up some really good muscadine jelly each year. So the juicing is all finished and the juice is setting in the fridge overnight to settle and clarify. I will sweeten it and add the pectin tomorrow and put it into jars in the canner. It is a little work and a tad bit messy, but the end product is so worth it!

7 comments:

June said...

This grows in Florida?? I've never heard of it.

The Riverbum said...

I would imagine that muscadines can be found in parts of Florida. I live in central Georgia and they are all over here. I believe they are found throughout the Southeast.

Laurie said...

I've never heard of these but they look like plums. Tasty I bet. They look wonderful.

Jim said...

Another great thing -- they're also good for you. My dad, who is 88 years old, makes a great scuppernong wine. If you have a good supply, it's worth a try.

And here's an article I saw a few weeks ago and googled for you.


The skin is full of fiber and the seeds have an extract that's said to aid in improving memory and other brain functions.

They're high in vitamin C and in resveratrol - one of the compounds in red wine that is believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Plus, they've got potassium, vitamin B and trace minerals.

Muscadine wines may have as much as seven times more resveratrol than other wines, according to the National Institutes of Health."

Jim said...

P.S.: How did your jelly turn out?

The Riverbum said...

The jelly turned out great! Nice and clear...a tad bit sweet, but really good on a hot biscuit.

Jim said...

Sounds delicious. Maybe the health benefits (or the bacon and eggs!) will outweigh the sugar. :-)

My favorite jelly is mayhaw. When I was a little boy in the 1950's, my grandma baked thin layer cakes (in the oven of her wood stove) and filled them with mayhaw or plum jelly - a boy's delight. Grandma was born in 1888 and died in 1988. Hard work, fresh fruits and vegetables and a positive attitude worked for her. She was a saint; I was blessed.