Just a few days after discovering that there is a native American grape with more bona fides than the Concord (hailing from the 19th century and fruit of the efforts of Ephraim Wales Bull), and consequently one that I want to include in the new park's design - to hide the ugly chainlink that will be at one corner - I walked into Wholefoods and found...scuppernongs!
Vitis, in short, rotundifolia.
Said native American grape.
So I bought a box and ate them all in one go.
Apparently only the green ones are called scuppernongs. The black ones are called muscadines. Though the scuppernong may be a sub-category of muscadine. Hm.
About the same diameter as a quarter (a 25c coin to some of you), pale green with bronze spots, they're funny-looking things. The skin is tough, so I took to slicing off their tops and sucking their insides out. It was a noisy half hour. The taste is reminiscent of Catawbas or Concord, the pulp much firmer, all of a piece, with a pleasantly tart kick. I liked them.
And cannot wait to plant them.