After moving to Alabama, I noticed people growing and selling them. I will eat enough of them in a bowl to make myself sick. It was in 1996 that I made the first batch of jelly.
For the past two years, the jelly didn't make. First, I made the mistake of trying sugar-free Sure-Jell. Then, last year the mistake was trying to hurry and process too many grapes at one time as they were spoiling. Both years, a gooey mess.
This year, it was only scuppernongs that we processed. The results produce a lighter pink jelly instead of the dark purple you will get with the muscadines. Nonetheless, the taste is about the same. Delish. Not quite as sweet as the grape jelly you pick up at the grocery store, but it is absolutely our favorite. We very rarely ever buy jelly.
Not sure whether it is the taste we appreciate, the accomplishment or the right of passage, but these girls will know how to can jelly, figs, tomatoes, salsa and spaghetti sauce, how to "put up" vegetables in the freezer, how to process pickles, how to make pepper sauce.....