Katuah Muscadine Grape - A Native Cold-Hardy Mountain Grape

The recent history of domesticating the native cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine grape began about seven years ago when Chuck and Jeannie Blethen were directed to some wild muscadine grapevines growing up into the trees at the edge of a forest near Hot Springs, North Carolina.  They talked with an old gentleman who was trying to propagate them. They dug up a small vine or two to transplant in their vineyard and started learning about muscadines. 

Mighty Muscadines: Health Benefits From The State Fruit

If you've lived in North Carolina for long, you're probably familiar with muscadine grapes.  They're the large, round, think-skinned fruits that are often transformed into sweet wines and jellies.  They're "the grape of choice in the South," according to Terry Pulley, owner of Granny Pearl's Farm, which offers you-pick muscadines and scuppernongs in Zebulon.