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Try MSU muscadines at McNeill field day
MISSISSIPPI STATE – For those interested in what varieties of muscadines are good for juice or best eaten fresh, Mississippi State University is offering a field day Aug. 13 in Pearl River County to teach about this fruiting vine.
The 2011 Muscadine Field Day will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at MSU’s McNeill Unit, a branch station of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The event is free and open to the public, and sampling is encouraged.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore MSU’s muscadine vineyard, examining the different varieties and tasting the fruit. Wayne Porter, MSU Extension Service horticulture agent, and U.S. Department of Agriculture staff will talk about muscadines, their care, different varieties and more.
“Muscadines have a unique flavor, which is different from table grapes that are sold in grocery stores,” said Eddie Smith, Pearl River County interim Extension director and event organizer. “USDA’s vineyards grow specimens of nearly all the muscadine varieties available, some of which are best grown in a commercial setting and others that perform well in home landscapes.”
The McNeill Unit is located in Pearl River County on Highway 11 just south of McNeill. For more information on the field day, contact Smith at (601) 403-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.