Wild Grapes

7 Oct

We have lots of wild grape vines on the homestead, and they are just loaded with grapes this year.

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They are really small, probably too small to do anything with. I ate a half-dozen to test them out and they didn’t seem to be deadly even though Sweet Thing had a hissy as I ate them. They have several seeds in each grape, and they taste good, just like grapes you buy at the grocery store. I thought I might could mash them up and use the juice to make homemade wine. If the SHTF we might be glad to have something like this on the homestead. Any of you have any ideas what to do with wild grapes?

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8 Responses to “Wild Grapes”

  1. carynverell October 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    we have wild grapes and wild muscadines here..the muscadines are treasured fruit in mississippi and most folks leave the wild grapes alone, but small and seedy as they are, they make fine tasting jelly and wine. i figure it this way…God did not give us these things to let them go to waste…

    • doublebhomestead October 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      I haven’t found any muscadines on the homestead yet. If I don’t find any I will plant some next year.

  2. johnnyb October 8, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    We make jelly from the wild grapes here. Very good. To dry here this year. There just wasn’t any.

    • doublebhomestead October 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      I found some recipes for jam and jelly and I will try some out next year. Maybe they will be bigger next year if we don’t have a severe drought like this year.

  3. Andrew October 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Wine, jam, jelly, preserves, fruit salad, and vinegar. Grapeseed oil has some medicinal properties, but you need a lot of patience and a lot of grapes.

    Andrew

    • doublebhomestead October 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I’m going to find a good use for these grapes, they are free after all. They are a little too seedy to eat raw, I’ll have to process them some way for them to be usable.

  4. divaofdelicious October 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I have heard that the grapes this year are expected to make for superb wine because of the drought…that this year’s vintage will be something very special for winemakers. Something about the flavors and sweetness being concentrated by the dry conditions…we’ll know in a few years anyway won’t we?

    • doublebhomestead October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      We have several wineries around here, I might have to try some out next year.

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