Hallowe'en Countdown--Day -30/ One of the Unofficial Fruits of Hallowe'en
I would like to nominate the muscadine grape as one of the official fruits of Hallowe'en. Some would argue the apple is #1 and I would not disagree but the muscadine (pronounced "musky-dine" by most here) has to be up there somewhere. The large Southern grape grows wild on large vines has been cultivated and grown commercially for a number of years. The fruit is deep purple to almost black with tiny specks of white like stars on a Hallowe'en night. The strong, dark, heady scent of the muscadine is deep and smells like a mysterious Hallowe'en perfume, almost intoxicating.
Unfortunately, they are usually only found in the Southern states but to my Northern friends, I would encourage you to try a jar of muscadine preserves or a bottle of muscadine wine, both can be found online. I bought a couple of baskets from a curbside market today and am going to make homemade jelly from them.