|Purple Muscadine Grapes|
I fell in love with the taste of the Muscadine when I went to Lakeland Winery in Clermont Florida about 6 years ago. It was then I knew that I had to grow them but it goes deeper than that. Before we plant anything I always look up the health benefits of the fruit, veggie or herb. I was astonished at the multiple benefits that this Purple beauty provides!
The Muscadine Grape is nature's best source of natural Antioxidants. It slows the onset of diseases caused by aging like heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, neuro degenerative disease, inflammatory conditions, Alzheimer's and been known to slow down menopausal symptoms. (woo-hoo!) It also has Resveratrol which reverses aging!
In this little article I am going to share with you what I do with my Muscadine's...we don't just eat the fruit. I will also add links so that you can read up on the health benefits for yourself. I know for me this fruit has help me in so many ways that I will mention later.
|Our Muscadine Grapes|
|I wash the Grapes and juice them|
|Strain all the juice from the left over pulp|
|Save the pulp, skins and seeds!|
|After all liquid is removed spread out on your dehydrator sheet 1/4" thick|
|Dehydrate for about 48 hours until it looks like Jerky|
|It should be crispy when it cools then put in the food processor|
|The food processor will turn most of it to powder but some seeds will be left|
|Crush the seeds and add them to the powder, then put in the food processor again to make a fine powder|
|Store in an air tight container. A mason jar is good!|
Part of the juice is stored in the freezer and the other part my brother makes Wine. We can the Grapes, make Stuffed Grape leaves with new leaves on the vine, Jellies, Pies and even mix the powder with Honey and use as a facial scrub...and the fun part is making the Grape Vine Wreaths!
Anyone that loves Primitives like I do just can't get enough of the vine wreaths and baskets. So yes, the Muscadines are my most favorite on the property. Below are some pictures and links so you can read up on the health benefits and how to grow them if you live in the South. We expand our little Vinyard every year!
|Yummy snacks in extra light syrup|
|Stuffed Grape Leaves|
|Love my Grape Vine Wreaths!|
Happy Gritin'! ~Melinda~