Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Scuppernong And Muscadine

Correspondence with Karen Wagner
at Muscadine Naturals (muscadinenaturals.com)

Question:
Hope you can help. A friend of mine and I were wondering if there was any difference between a scuppernong and muscadine. Are they the same thing. I always thought muscadines were purple and scuppernong were gold. We saw your site and thought you might know the answer.

Answer:
The scuppernong grape is a Muscadine grape. It is a green-bronze color and was named because it was found growing near the Scuppernong River in North Carolina (an Indian name) in the 17th century. There are several other types of wild Muscadine grapes and many types have been genetically selected for commercial purposes like Carlos, Noble, Roanoke, Ison, Doreen, etc.
They are of interest to read about since they are Native American grapes (all the bunch grapes grown in the USA are from European stock). I hope this answers your question. Let us know if we can answer anything else for you.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still don't know which is which. are Muscadine purple and scuppernong green

Because I have purple (something) grapes growing and there is a dispute as to what they are. Are you saying all are muscadines with a sub category called scuppernong and color doesn't matter

2:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

From what I take it, if it's
purple it can't be a scuppernong
grape; they are all "green-broze".

Yes, scuppernong would be a sub category of muscadine.

2:07 PM  

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