Scuppernog scuppernog SCUPPERNOG! It’s kind of a hilarious word, right?
A couple weeks back my husband and I went to visit his family in the South. While visiting my fabulous sister-in-law’s family in Raleigh NC, we wandered at length along the bike/run/walk path near her home, which was heavily overhung with greenery. A generous helping of the plants along the way were total unknowns to me, including the scuppernog, a close cousin to our usual grapes, and variant of muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia), which are native to the American southeast.
The scuppernogs were under-ripe (when they’re ripe they’re larger and bronze-colored), but we found clusters of them growing on vines that were a dead ringer for normal grape vines here and there. My husband and sister-in-law recognized them right away, and their identity was further confirmed by the large single seeds we found inside.
Scuppernogs are, I gather, favored for their jelly, rather than as a raw snack, and muscadine wine is a local treat.