Here’s a few old pics of our native muscadine vine which was already growing on our property. The grapes turn red when ripe and are delicious. Great flavor, skins a little tough, but for a wild fruit its fine to eat. These grapes and what we plan to do with them is a perfect example of our philosophy on our farm. Why fight nature, grapes want to grow there, so lets just try and push nature along. We will attempt to pull most of the grape vines off of the trees and onto a trellis we will make. Thus saving the trees to grow stronger and keeping the grapes at lower level and not so high in the trees that we can’t reach the vines.
You can tell a lot about a wild grape by the tendril. The tendril is the piece of the vine that looks like string or wire coming off it that holds the vine up to a tree or trellis. If the tendril does not split in two at the tip (like a snakes tongue) then you have a native muscadine. And if it does split at tip, then its a cultivated variety that must have escaped into the wild. Also if a vine does not have any tendrils at all, my advice is to stay away from the fruit. It could be the poisonous Canada Moonseed. This plant looks very much like a wild grape, but does not have tendrils and has one single moon shaped seed.