New York Muscat Grape

(Click on title to see more photos and info)New York Muscat grape, grown in Point Loma/OB, two and a half blocks from the ocean.  Excellent for fresh eating, has very pronounced muscat-vanilla-labrusca flavored grapes (labrusca being eastern American species typical flavor).   NYM gets no disease here of any significance, no fuss, ripens well, no cracked fruit.   Medium vigor on own roots, grows much better and much more productive on more vigorous rootstocks, such as 'Isabella'/'California Concord' and other vigorous varieties.  I do grape grafting.  This photo shows NYM on its own roots.   NYM is a hybrid of Ontario grape(about 3/4 labrusca and 1/4 vinifera parentage-genetics) and Muscat Hamburg(entirely vinifera muscat grape, the NYM hybrid was done by Cornell staff in the very early 20th century), and the NYM overall actual apparent qualities of vine and fruit are about 1/2 and 1/2, labrusca and vinifera (muscat type of vinifera, dark skinned type).   And yes, fruit of NYM have a couple or few small seeds, which I like, though doesn't mean I always ingest them, though sometimes as part of the 'slurry' of munching.  I typically spit the seeds out.   But, in my opinion, I sense with my body that grapes with seeds are more nourishing (for my body at leas), more 'ummphh', a feel of more nourishing balance as food compared to seedless grapes.  NYM ripens during June through August.  Birds like these grapes, there's a bird peck showing on one of the grapes in the bunch in the photo.


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