“Twelve-Basket crate packed for shipment”. Image of exemplary shipment packaging in the 1920s using Climax baskets and wooden crates. Extension Bulletin #76, “Marketing Grapes”, March 1925. Image from Clemson University Special Collections.
What would a tribute to the annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® be without highlighting grapes! Growing grapes is and dedicated investment 4+ years in the making.
Muscadine grapes are truly a fruit for the South. Native to the Southeastern United States, they were discovered by the early colonists and have been a favorite fruit of Southerners ever since. Although muscadines can be grown successfully in most parts of the state, they are best adapted from the piedmont to the coastal plain.
South Carolina's climate is not well-suited to home garden production of European bunch grapes, but some American bunch grapes and hybrids between the two species grow well in South Carolina.