first Scuppernongs were discovered growing on the coast of Georgia and
South Carolina by the early American colonists. Many of these vines were
shipped to Europe for world famous gardeners; however, scientists have
only developed most of today's modern hybrids since 1900. Mr. Fry of Griffin,
Georgia was a pioneer in hybridizing the Muscadine, the most famous of
his hybrids was the 'Fry' named after it's progenitor and is still
considered by experts as the sweetest and the largest by most grape fanciers.
Even though not technically correct, we North Carolinians' prefer to refer to the dark colored grape as "Muscadines" and the bronze or light colored grapes as "Scuppernongs". This delicious grape that grows wild in the woodlands of the Southeast is extremely vigorous, easy to grow and is as Southern as Peaches, Cotton and Grits.