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 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!