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N Thomas
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Hi everybody,
I found a large collection of vines covered with what I believe to be wild grapes. They sure smell like them. The plants were found just outside of Boston, MA on September 4. They were found in a forest & existed both as freestanding vines & wrapped around a dead tree up which they had climbed about 30 feet. There is a swamp near the trees (60 feet away) that has dried up in our local drought.  Looking at these photos, am I correct in believing I found grapes? If yes, can you tell what variety? (I have more photos if helpful).
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Well, they certainly look like grapes, and they might be concord grapes, but they also might be an unnamed wild variety, as were "concord" grapes before someone gathered and began propagating.

How do they smell?  Grapey?  If you decide to taste them, go very carefully, very very carefully, just as with any possible food plant that you do not already know, and there is not someone there eating large amounts because THEY know.

You could also take a piece of it to a local nursery for ID ing.
 
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Thekla McDaniels wrote:Well, they certainly look like grapes, and they might be concord grapes, but they also might be an unnamed wild variety, as were "concord" grapes before someone gathered and began propagating.

How do they smell?  Grapey?  If you decide to taste them, go very carefully, very very carefully, just as with any possible food plant that you do not already know, and there is not someone there eating large amounts because THEY know.

You could also take a piece of it to a local nursery for IDing.

Hi Thekla,
Yes, they smell grapey, like old time Kool Aid grape. Thanks for your tip about bringing the item to a garden store. That had never occurred to me before.
 
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And if they ARE grapes, here is a discussion on recipes for them.

https://permies.com/t/58726/gardening-beginners/Wild-grape-harvest#498497
 
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They sure do look like grapes. If they smell like koolaid they are ripe.  
 
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