[NAFEX] When are Muscadines Ripe?

Dr.O'Barr Topgun at Otelco.net
Mon Sep 8 22:19:08 EDT 2008


Some muscadine varieties shed easily and some cling tightly. Jumbo is best when the entire stem end of the berry turns black like the rest of the berry. My neighbor picked his about a week ago but they were only half ripe here in zone 7, 30 miles south of Huntsville, AL. Most of my many varieties are still green or just turning. Some few Darlenes are ready as are some Black Frys.

R. D. O'Barr
"Topgun"
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lon J. Rombough 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 7:41 PM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] When are Muscadines Ripe?


  Muscadines are ripe when they fall off. In fact, that's the usual way to harvest them. Spread a tarp under the vine and shake it. The berries that don't fall aren't ripe. If you pick them in clusters like regular grapes, you'll get unripe ones. Many varieties have a dry scar (point of attachment) so they won't juice when they fall.
  -Lon Rombough
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  On Sep 8, 2008, at 3:08 PM, Geoffrey Stone wrote:

  This is the 1st year that my "Jumbo" muscadines are producing. My question is: "how do I know when they are ripe?"
  I was recently told that they are ripe when the seeds are black. However, some of them are dropping off the vine early (apparently) as the seeds are still green. The berries are green and then start getting dark red with the green at the stem turning last. If I pick them early will they ripen on the shelf?
      Help?
  Geoffrey Stone - Black Mountain, NC
  PS: I have a second variety called "Bountiful" for pollination. These grapes are still very green and smaller in size at this point._______________________________________________
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