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Concord Grapes

Vitis labrusca

Description:

What I believe to be some type of wild grapes.

Habitat:

Along the edge of woodlands

Notes:

I find these (wild grapes?) growing around our lake as well as throughout Glendalough State Park. I've never dared to eat any but the birds seem to like them. They typically hang in clusters similar to that of grapes and are a dark purple color. They grow on long, vinning stalks that attached themselves to trees, often hanging down from their branches. They appear to favor dappled or full sun however the ones in full sun typical have their roots in shade or semi-shade. I also typically find them semi-close to bodies of water (the equivalent of a city block or less away).

1 Species ID Suggestions

Mick G
Mick G 7 years ago
Concord grape
Vitus labrusca Concord (grape)


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3 Comments

br0kedad
br0kedad 6 years ago

These are Fox grapes -Vitis vulpine- commonly known as frost grapes in the Northern USA. They are very acidic and can irritate the lips, but taste delicious. Break the skin and squeeze the pulp and seeds into your mouth - the skin slips right off. The triple seed is edible but a bit bitter.
This is one of my favorite "Winter" snacks. After the first frost the shriveled raisins are much sweeter. The birds love 'em!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 7 years ago

Mick G-Thank you so much for helping me identify these grapes! I had no idea they grew wild or that they were hardy enough to thrive here. No pesticides, as they're found growing wild alongside public roads and along trails in the park where no sprays are ever used (that I'm aware of). Lots of spiders, webs and other stuff on them though so probably a good idea any way to give them a good wash before eating them. :-)))

Mick G
Mick G 7 years ago

Look like wild concord grapes. Probably very tasty. Be sure to wash the grapes before eating in case of pesticides.

JanelleL.Streed
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JanelleL.Streed

Battle Lake, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Feb 14, 2014

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