Arkansas Fall Bounty


October 1, 2014 by Buffy

We have a family tradition of picking wild muscadines together in the Fall.  This year however, our crazy football schedule has kept us out of the woods.  Lucky for me my wonderful father-in-law picked some beautiful muscadines for me.


These aren’t the normal Arkansas wild muscadines these are planted white muscadines and they made the most beautiful gold jelly!  It looked almost like honey in the jars.


I wish ya’ll could have smelled my house when the jelly was cooking!  I don’t have a fancy jelly recipe to share with you.  I just use the recipe for grape jelly in the Sure-Jell box.  I do have one fancy kitchen gadget that is a must for making jams and jellies.


This is a food mill.  I use it to separate the peel and the seeds from the cooked fruit.  I use it for muscadine jelly, plum butter, and apple butter to just name a few examples of where it is helpful.

Do you have a favorite jelly you make?



8 thoughts on “Arkansas Fall Bounty

  1. Strawberry freezer jam is my fav! But by make, I think you mean my aunt makes it and delivers it to my freezer so we always have homemade strawberry jam for our biscuits 😉 That counts as making it right?

  2. Sharon says:

    Looks good. Hope this comment gets printed because I forgot my pass word.

  3. Love my food mill!! I use it for Jelly and cranberry sauce. I used to make all the kids baby food with it and now it sits on the shelf until summer harvest time 🙂

  4. I have absolutely no idea what muscadines are but the jelly looks amazing! Plum jam is my favourite =)

    • Buffy says:

      Muscadines are like wild grapes with a unique flavor. They grow wild all over the woods in Arkansas. They are normally dark purple when they ripen in the fall. This tame white variety did make beautiful jelly. Plum jam is a favorite at our house too. Thanks for visiting our blog.

      • zestyjazz says:

        Thanks for explaining! That is sooo cool. We have delicious wild grapes (they have such a strong tart wild flavor) growing in the tangled woods around us in New England and next year I would love to make a jam out of them! Go you for using indigenous plants to expand your palate and curb your sweet tooth. -Jasmine

  5. Kara says:

    It looks delicious! My mom made it years ago, and I still have a memory of the taste, and you are right! Nothing compares. I was disappointed that I did not find enough of them growing wild on our land (or along the road) since we moved here, so I think I’m going to look into this kind that you can plant!

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