PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Riverbank Grape

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Vitis riparia / Vitaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  frost grape

CONDITIONS: sun/shade, moist soil, edge of woods
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

 

RAW/COOK

Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

grape/acid

RAW/DRY/COOK

Summer

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: Fruit - raw or dried for later use. Juicy and somewhat acid. The taste is best after a frost. Used in jams, drinks, wine, etc.. Leaves - cooked. Young leaves are wrapped around other foods and then baked, they impart a pleasant flavour. Young tendrils - raw or cooked. Sap - raw. A sweet flavour, it is used as a drink. The sap can be harvested in the spring and early summer, though it should not be taken in quantity or it will weaken the plant.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

·        https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-472/grape

·        https://draxe.com/grapes-nutrition

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  Moonseed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menispermum_canadense

 

OTHER USES: Basketry. Also, “Dye;  Rootstock. A yellow dye is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves. The plant is used as a rootstock for the common grape, V. vinifera, especially in areas where phylloxera disease is prevalent.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Vitis+riparia
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitis_riparia
  3. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/wild-grape-vine.aspx (good photos)
  4. https://winefolly.com/review/native-wine-grapes-of-america