Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Muscadine Grapes- Lin Frye
Almost fall - and pumpkins, gourds, apples, grapes -- the harvest time of our year. We had our own mini-grape harvest this weekend. The muscadines (sketched a few weeks ago) have turned a wonderful variety of burgundy to deep purple, to black/blue. This year, the first in so many, they are weighing down their thick vines entangled high in the trees so much that even as 'tall' as I am, I could reach many without a ladder! LOL
We collected enough to make a batch of grape jelly -- and it's turned a wonderful wine color in the glass and gold-topped jars I used for the process. Instead of the cloying sweetness of store-bought grape jelly, this has a fresh, tart-sweet taste that is really delightful.
Years ago, a friend of mine wove a basket for me consisting of the many vines she found growing in the woodlands -- the basket is not only a treasure for the friendship and craftsmanship it represents, but it also is a representation of all those woodland plants I love.
The rains have soaked the grounds again yesterday and the plants (and weeds) are enjoying another growing spurt. We're off to tame them before the Open House on Saturday .....