The Muscadine (Vitus rotundofolia) is historically a native southern grape. It has been indigenous to the South for hundreds of
years. The name Scuppernong originally comes from an Algonquin Indian name, Ascopo for the sweet bay tree. The term
Ascupernung, meaning place of the Ascopo, appears on some early maps of North Carolina as the name of a river in Washington
County. During the 17th and 18th centuries cuttings from early vines were placed into production around the town of Scuppernong,
North Carolina. It was during the early 1800's the spelling of the river had changed to Scuppernong. It was not long before the
name of the town and the river came to be applied to the grapes which were grown in the area. Today, the term Scuppernong is
used by most people to referr to most all of the bronze varieties when it is actually only one of many different varieties of bronze
Known for it's large size and unique flavor, Muscadines will usually bring back memories of sitting at Grandma's eating the wild
fruit. It has only been during the past few years that the tremendous health values of this fruit have been explored. Scientists with
Mississippi State University and the USDA's Agricutural Research Service have found significant amounts of resveratrol in the
skin, pulp, and seeds of muscadine grapes. Resveratrol is found in French wines and is said to lower both cholesterol and the risk
of coronary heart disease.
We are currently harvesting 6 varieties of Muscadines. We have 3
black and 3 bronze varieties to choose from.
Darlene Pam Tara