If you're as lucky as I am, you have a friend like Bill Turner to bring you scuppernongs.
For those of you who didn't grow up in the South, scuppernongs and muscadines are native grapes.
They're what are called “slip-skin” grapes, because the pulp slides easily out of the skin. Many people eat only the pulp, spitting out the large seeds and discarding the tough skins.
Scuppernongs are large, round, firm green to copper-colored grapes. Muscadines are purple skinned. They both have strong, wine-like flavor and are popular for making homemade wines. The first wines made in America were made from muscadines.
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You have never tasted really good grape jelly until you have made some with scuppernongs or muscadines. The strong floral notes and rich flavor put Concord grape jelly to shame. To make it, just follow the instructions for grape jelly on the Sure Jell or Certo package, using scuppernongs or muscadines.
For an extra-special treat, try making Scuppernong Pie. It can also be made with muscadines.