Wild Grape

Vitus spp.

Family Vitaceae

Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves large and singly toothed*, heart-shaped and often lobed*.
Twigs: Twigs end in tiny, forked, climbing, green tendrils. Bark of the woody portion of the vine a dark brown; shredded and peeling texture.
Fruit/ Flowers: Light green flowers appear early summer and give way to tight clusters of dark purple, amber, or black fruits with one to four seeds.
Size/ Shape: A high climbing woody vine*.

Location on Campus

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Wild Grapes can be found climbing in several trees, although the easiest place to find them is around the Chapel's Field thicket on either side of the road between C-Lot and the back of the library.

The grapes can be eaten right off the vine, or used to make jelly or a cold drink. Young barely ripe grapes are an excellent source of pectin. Additionally, young leaves can be eaten as a cooked green, boiled for 10 to 15 minutes and buttered, or can be wrapped around rice or meats and baked.

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