Among one of the richest sources of antioxidants found in nature, Muscadine grapes are fat free and are a significant source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C, much more so than the seedless table-grape varieties. Muscadines are high in insoluble fiber as well, benefiting our dietary systems immensely. Their phytochemicals help protect our cells from free radical damage, while the antioxidant rich food reduces our risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases.
Native to the United States, the Muscadine is primarily grown and harvested in the Southeast. The plants love our warm, humid weather and thrive well with few chill hours. Grown in a farm setting and in the wild, Muscadines range from a bronze to dark purple color when ripe. The grapes play an important part in wildlife habitat and nutrition.
Muscadine wine making dates back to the 16th century and is typically of the sweet variety. In the Southern US, other Muscadine products are jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces. The grapes are fresh in season, September and October annually.