North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association
Welcome to our website
Muscadine harvest season has started! And it’s a great time to celebrate North Carolina’s native and so very delicious grape. On this site, you’ll find all kinds of information, from recipes to how-to for picking, storing, and using muscadine grapes, to the latest research on their many health benefits. The site also includes a directory you can use to find member farms and wineries near you. This site is a work in progress, so we’ll continue to add information and member listings in the coming weeks — as well as muscadine news throughout the year. Check back often! And let us know if you have suggestions or notice corrections that need to be made.
New Research on Muscadine Health Benefits
The muscadine grape is a nutritional powerhouse. Like most richly colored fruits and vegetable, and especially berries, the muscadine is a rich source of polyphenols. The skins are particularly rich in the polyphenolic compound resveratrol, which has been studied for its antioxidant benefits in numerous diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Now, exciting new research at Wake Forest School of Medicine over the past five years has been investigating the use of a highly concentrated muscadine extract in both animal studies and clinical human trials. The researchers themselves have been astonished how the muscadine extract reduced prostate tumors, improved gut health and cardiovascular health, amplified the effectiveness of standard cancer therapies, reduced fatigue in cancer patients and improved exercise capacity in healthy women.
This research is on-going, and the concentrated extract is still in research and development, but muscadine grapes and grape products are available to everyone now!