Monday, July 29, 2013
This shows the black Carlos (muscadine) grapes ripening. This is the third year for this vine, and you can see that the bunches are loose and small, and the grapes ripen at different times, even on the same bunch. The harvest is done (by experienced people) by putting a sheet on the ground and shaking the vines. You get some of the ones that are ripe every day, if the birds don't beat you to them.
I also took a picture of the white grapes in their second year, but for some reason I can't get it to upload. I'll try one more time, but the trick with them is I can't see any difference between the green and ripe grapes. I suspect being color-blind might have something to do with it, but it's a mystery to me how I'll know to start shaking.
Last year we had a fair crop of black grapes but didn't get many because I wanted to wait for all the grapes on a Carlos vine to be dark, and the next day they would be all gone. Then I finally read about harvesting muscadine grapes.