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Scuppernong Fruit Facts

posted Jul 24, 2014, 2:23 PM by Admin Account

It’s North Carolina’s state fruit, it tastes delicious, and it’s an emerging nutrition superstar. Native to North Carolina, the scuppernong, and

other muscadine grapes, are found in the southeastern United States, the wilds of Delaware, the Gulf of Mexico and as far west as Texas.  Grown in the backyards of many North Carolina homes, and as reported in a special Carolina edition of M.D. News, muscadine grapes are among the richest sources of antioxidants found in nature, and they are a leading food source for a potent cancer-fighting substance called resveratrol.

A theory about why resveratrol is protective in humans and animals is that our genes

respond to plant defensive chemicals in a beneficial way.  This is thought to be because plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as scuppernongs, are relatively

pest resistant and thrive in the hot, sandy conditions of the coastal

region. The coastal climate necessitates resistance to disease, viruses,

bacteria, pests and mold. The plant’s adaptation to these conditions

has developed unique properties that have significant health benefits

for those who consume the muscadine grape.

Muscadine grapes are fat free, high in fiber and they are high in

antioxidants, especially ellagic acid and resveratrol. Ellagic acid has

demonstrated anticarcinogenic properties in the colon, lungs and

liver of mice. Resveratrol is also reported to lower cholesterol levels and

the risk of coronary heart disease.

So whether you have a glass of red wine with dinner, or snack on a “scuppernong” between meals, remember – the muscadine grape has benefits that will help you live a healthier, leaner and longer life. To your health!