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Wild grapes
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dave m    Posted 09-05-2003 at 07:34:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
It looks like this year will be a terrific year for wild grapes. most years they are quite small but with all the rain we have had here in the north east and the warm temps. they are larger than normal.Is the best time to harvest after the first frost? Any good recipes for juice and jams? thanks dave

Spence    Posted 09-07-2003 at 06:12:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pick them the latest possible. But if you see
your grapes disappearing start picking as the birds are fattening up for the winter at the same time.

My wife makes jelly with them by first straining out the seeds through a cheese cloth.
Better than anything you can ever buy in a grocery store. I was so impressed, this year I'm taking a bushel basket with me for freezing but I'm not sure what freezing will do with the taste.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-05-2003 at 08:54:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here in this part of Okla. (Cimmeron Valley) we call them possum grapes. We always pick all the possum grapes, sand plums, and wild blackberries as we can. The wild fruits are just so much better for jelly and syrup than the tame varieties. And we never have to spend money on that store bought stuff. "The Lord will provide."

Salmoneye    Posted 09-05-2003 at 07:51:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get em before they start to shrivel...Usually about when the leaves start turning and falling off the vines...

They are loaded this year...

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