A mountain of muscadine grapes among the pines! We didn't realize how many we had until we were on the ladder this morning and breached the vine canopy. We foraged enough for a small batch of jelly. I have yet to jelly with wild grapes and am excited to use my sisters recipe. She has been jelly jamming muscadines for a few years now. If this batch fairs well, I'll definitely be picking much more! Swipe ▶ to see them closer. .
Grape - Muscadine▶ (Vitis rotundifolia)
Native to the woods of gulf coast, east, and central Texas. ▶Edible: Fruits, leaves, young tendrils Eat fruit raw, cooked, dried, preserves, wine; leaves and tendrils cooked. ▶Survival Uses: The vines can be used as an emergency water source. Cut through a thick grape vine as high up as you can reach, followed by cutting through it again at the very bottom. To collect the water which drips out support the top end up in the air and place the bottom end below it in a container. Once the water flow stops cut two feet off the top and more water will drip out of the vine. Repeat the cutting off of the top two feet every time the water stops flowing until no vine is left.