Today I potted up a Himrod Seedless Grape bought at the local box store. It already has buds and I did not want to leave it bare root any longer than necessary.
I do not have its permanent spot ready! Panic! It will be part of raised bed 7, and I already have the materials for its arbor. The vines were in, and I wanted to choose a better quality one. For now, a large pot.
Himrod is a common table grape, but also makes a good raisin grape. Grape vines vine are self-fertile and produce 15+ pounds of grapes per year. Surely enough to make sun dried raisins for my winter larder. Not to mention fresh grapes… yum. It is my second grape vine, last year I bought a Flame Seedless Grape, so two varieties should suffice for fresh eating grapes, and raisins. Of course, I could buy a third variety next year. I might feel the need to make juice, and jelly, and so on.
Himrod and Flame are both vigorous American varieties, descended from our native Fox Grape. This is the best grape for my mountain property, since it withstands cold well. Choose their spot carefully, their root can go as deep as 9 feet and they can live 30 years.
The famous European wine grapes (Vitis vinifera) prefer a milder climate, so I am unlikely to order any. I will be okay, not to worry. I will make my fruit wines and not fret about not becoming a great vintner. Hoochie Mama is all there is.
Himrod Grapes are nutritious and have a good mineral content as well as vitamins. The grape leaves are a powerhouse nutrition-wise, and are used in folk remedies as well. They are anti inflammatory, reduce edema, good for your liver, and are low glycemic, too. Realistically, the nutrient level is so high, grapes qualify as a super food.