North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association
It’s muscadine harvest time!
It’s getting close to the end of harvest time. And late season grapes can be the sweetest! There’s still some Pick Your Own opportunities, but a lot of harvesting now is for wine or other processing. Something to look forward to!
Pick-your-own muscadines is a great family activity — here’s some basic PYO advice and a list of farms. Find a vineyard near you and head on out.
COVID-19 and the Muscadine Industry
Support muscadine wineries! Most winery tasting rooms have now re-opened, and many wineries are offering bottle sales, shipping, deliveries, and special discounts as well. Check out this NC Wine COVID-19 database to find details for each winery.
Fresh-market growers and PYO vineyards are also working hard to assure the safety of their staff, workers, visitors, and customers during this pandemic. The NC Muscadine Association is gathering and sharing information and resources with our members and other stakeholders See a compilation of resources here.
Exciting Research on Muscadine Health Benefits!
The muscadine grape is a nutritional powerhouse. Like many intensely colored fruits, vegetables, and berries, the muscadine grape is a rich source of polyphenols. The skins and seeds of muscadine grapes are particularly rich in the polyphenolic compound resveratrol, which has been studied for its anti-oxidant benefits in numerous diseases, including cancer and heart disease. However, many of the health benefits of the muscadine have been linked to other polyphenolics, including ellagic acid.
Exciting new research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine over the past five years investigated the use of a highly concentrated muscadine grape extract in both animal studies and clinical trials in humans. The researchers showed that the muscadine grape extract reduced human breast and prostate tumors growing in mice, improved gut health and cardiovascular health in rodents, amplified the effectiveness of standard breast cancer therapies in mice with human tumors, improved exercise capacity in hypertensive rats and reduced self-reported fatigue in cancer patients. The research team includes over 25 faculty members from multiple departments. This work is supported in part by a $20 million gift made in 2015 by an anonymous donor. The studies are on-going; the concentrated extract is still in research and development and is not commercially available at this time. However, muscadine grapes and other muscadine grape products are available to everyone now!