Muscadine Grape Hull Pie

Updated on September 20, 2017
Muscadine Grape Hull Pie
Muscadine Grape Hull Pie | Source

Sweet And Musky Muscadine Grapes Are A Delicious Autumn Treat

The cool and crisp days of autumn promise hayrides, visits to the pumpkin patch, apple-bobbing contests, barn dances and costume parties, and Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends.

Filling the kitchens in homes all across the southeastern United States is the sweet and musky aroma of muscadine grapes simmering and baking while being made into delicious preserves, jams and jellies, pastries, juice, and wine.

Muscadine sweets, juice, and wine are a real Southern treat during the cool and long days of the fall harvest. Farmer's markets are bustling with business, muscadine grape hull pies and jellies are being sampled and sold at county fairs in friendly competitions, and families are busy making jams and jellies and preserves to enjoy and share for months to come.

These grapes are the star at potluck dinners, costume parties, and Thanksgiving dinners. They are also prepared with family recipes and traditions that have been passed down for generations and generations.

What Are Muscadine Grapes?

Green Muscadine Grapes
Green Muscadine Grapes | Source

Muscadine Grapes are the official state fruit of North Carolina

The earliest named variety of muscadine grapes was a bronze cultivar called Scuppernong which was discovered by Dr. Calvin Jones in 1810 in northeastern North Carolina.

They are a large high-fiber, low-calorie grape with a thick, tough skin that contain four seeds and come in variety of colors ranging through hues of green to bronze to dark purple to black. They grow in clusters, but are harvested individually.

These grapes not only taste amazing, but they are high in antioxidants, phytonutrients and resveratrol which have significant health benefits that can help prevent heart disease.

There is a little technique involved when eating this special kind of grape - place the grape with the stem facing upwards in your mouth, bite a small hole through the tough skin and suck out the pulp and spit out the seeds until you are only left with the hull.

Muscadine grapes are harvested from August to October in the southeastern United States and if you've never tasted this sweet southern treat before, you don't know what your missing.

What Is Muscadine Grape Hull Pie?

Muscadine grape hull pie was created during a time when food was scarce and not to be wasted and many frugal chefs and southern home cooks have adopted this thrifty dessert recipe.

The skins, otherwise known as the hulls, are cooked down until they are soft and tender then sweetened with sugar and thickened with flour and butter for a delicious pie filling.

Most muscadine grape hull pie recipes have been passed along from generation to generation and hold special memories and history that has been shared among family members and friends.

How To Prepare Muscadine Hulls- Separating The Seeds, Pulp And Hulls

Preparing And Cooking Muscadine Grape Hulls
Preparing And Cooking Muscadine Grape Hulls | Source

There are a few different ways that you can choose to prepare the muscadine grape hulls for cooking:

  • One of the simplest methods of removing the skins is by snipping the bottom with scissors and squeezing the pulp out into a pot and setting the hulls aside. Mash and push the pulp through a sieve or strainer to remove the seeds. This method is great if you are making jelly, juice or wine.
  • If you are wanting to use both the pulp and the hulls, put the washed grapes into a large pot and mash until the seeds and pulp separate from the skins. Pick out the seeds by hand and throw them away.
  • You can also cut the grapes in half and pop the seeds out with your fingers before tossing the halved grapes into the pot.

Muscadine Grape Hull Pie Recipe

Muscadine grape hull pie was traditionally made with just the hulls of the grape, but today, recipes have been adapted which use the pulp of the grapes as well.

In times when food was scare and families relied on their homesteads, instead of throwing away the tough skins after a day of making muscadine grape jelly, they boiled them in a little bit of water and then sweetened the tender hulls with a little sugar and thickened the mixture with flour to create a delicious pie filling.

This recipe is an adaptation of my grandmother's family recipe and includes both the pulp and hulls of the grapes.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: Serves 6-8


  • Pastry for a double-crust pie, see recipe below
  • 5 cups muscadine grapes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 flour
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cold butter


  1. Roll out enough pastry for a double sided pie crust. Line a deep dish pie with half the rolled out pastry and trim. Set the other rolled half aside.
  2. Add the muscadine grapes to a big pot and mash until the pulp and seeds separate from the hulls. Remove the seeds by hand and discard.
  3. Bring the pulp, juice and hulls to a boil and then reduce the temperature to a low simmer and continue cooking until the hulls are tender about 5 minutes. Add the sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and salt and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture into a prepared deep dish pie crust and sprinkle the cold butter pieces on top. Cover with the other half of the pastry, trim and seal the edges using your fingers. Or express your inner creativity by cutting fun Halloween shapes out of the other half of the pie crust using your favorite Halloween cookie cutters and laying the designs on top.
  5. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375F and bake for another 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Easy Pie Crust Recipe

Easy Pie Crust Recipe
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Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Yields: Makes 1 Double Sided Pie Crust


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp white vinegar


  1. In a food processor or mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the cold butter into the mixture and gently pulse one or two times until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. In a measuring cup, measure 1/3 cup cold water and add the egg yolk, vinegar and vanilla and stir together.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture in the food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times until it is just mixed. Do not overmix.
  4. Wrap the pastry in saran wrap and chill for at least one hour before rolling.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Grow Your Own Muscadine Grapes

Grow Your Own Muscadine Grape Vines
Grow Your Own Muscadine Grape Vines | Source

In the southeastern United States you can grow the delicious sweet fruit right in your own backyard.

Muscadine grapes thrive in hot and humid weather and don't do well in cooler temperatures or frosts. It is best to plant the muscadine grape vines in early fall to ensure they are ready for harvest in August and September.

There are lots of different varieties to choose from and each have their own unique flavor. Taste a few different ones and decide how you are going to use them before deciding which grape vines to buy.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thanks @Adventuretravels! It is a delicious pie recipe just in time for fall!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      What a great recipe. Excellent Hub.

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      Sounds great! I grew up in the Deep South (Louisiana/Mississippi) and now live in North Carolina. The muscadines we had down there seem different from the North Carolina ones, at least in my mind. I love them. Love muscadine jelly, but I've never made a pie like this so I'll have to try it!

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      interesting recipe, I will try once.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I've never heard of Muscadine grapes, but this pie looks delicious! Great lens! :)

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      I haven't had one but it's on my list to try now!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      This is all news to me! I would most definitely want to try a Muscadine Grape Hull Pie! I very much enjoyed learning form your lens!

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      I have been to the south several times and never heard of this grape or dessert. Looks delicious. I will give it a try if I see it on the menu. Thanks for sharing this fun lens.

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      ForthepeopleinUSA 5 years ago

      They are wonderful to eat just by themselves in my opinion, but I'm sure to try this pie it would be absolutely scrumptuos...I have the white and red ones in my yard. I can't eat them all by myself. So I will make some pie and share with thy brothers and sisters. I cut them back to the nub once a year and as they grow I trim and prune away; wait for ripening, pluck and enjoy. ::::GREAT LENS:::::

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      It sounds great...

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      TheTutor LM 5 years ago

      I never knew there was such a grape. It looks fantastic.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      No, but I want to eat it right now! It make me hungry!

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      XxSadieLadyxX 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      Corrinna Johnson 5 years ago from BC, Canada

      @anonymous: I think Coronation grapes would work just as well as they are a sweet and musky flavored grape. They don't have the tough hulls though, so I would cook the grapes down and press through a sieve to remove the skins. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can you get Muscadine Grapes if you live in Canada, and if you can't get Muscadine Grapes are there alternatives you can use for the receipe instead..?!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Sounds absolutely fabulous - and fascinating. What a history for a pie! You have done a fascinating job of explaining this amazing pie. Blessing your pie with big sprinkles of angel dust - I bet it tastes good!)

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      Jack 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious. I'll have to make one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Like to try that Pie you bet I would. Have never tried that one ever.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      A new pie recipe. Thanks!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      This is amazing. This tasted so amazing last year. Thanks for the recipe. Now I can make it right here at home.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      North Carolina girl here, when I saw the title I knew instantly what grapes you were talking about. I've only had them as a child and I didn't like them then, except in the jelly my mom made. Perhaps my taste buds weren't mature enough to handle the flavor. This pie recipe has me wanting to try them again.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This Muscadine Grape Hull Pie is great thanks for the wonderful recipe ideas.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and a way for me to use those hull's instead of throwing them out. Can't wait to try this out as a few are still around. Always made jelly and juice but the pie is a must try for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love muscadine grapes in the summer, but never thought of using them in a pie. Great recipe!

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Congrats on LOTD

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never eaten any kind of grape pie, but it sounds wonderful! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Never even heard of these grapes before and I'm in the south! Will definitely be on the lookout now. Thank you!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Not the pie.... congrats for LOTD. it is a great one!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Well done on LOTD!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a nice lens and a great recipe for Muscadine Grape Hull pie!

      I certainly will have to make one...thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Never heard of it. Would like to try it someday and the pie sounds interesting. Never thought about using them or any grape in a pie, I shall have to look into it.

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have never heard of anyone making a grape pie before! Sounds good but I prefer to eat grapes just as they are or throw them into a blender with other fruits for my smoothies. MMMM, delicious! Congrats on LOTD. Well deserved.

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      shovonpk 5 years ago

      nice lens btw......

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      No I never have, but it looks like a great tradition and one I might like to try.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have a couple of muscadine vines growing in my back yard. They provide us with lots and lots of muscadines during the summer. This sounds like a yummy new way to use the muscadines. Thanks for the tips and the recipes for the crust and the pie.


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      nursingstudentb 5 years ago

      Too cute and looks delish! Kudos!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      grew up on the stuff:) Congrats on lovely LOTD!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never heard of this pie before but it sounds absolutely awesome.

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

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      EricaShops 5 years ago

      Wow, this looks amazing! I've never had a grape pie before, but it looks delicious. Maybe I can convince my grandma to make me one for thanksgiving. Grandmas always seem to make the best pies. :)

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      I was surprised that I had not heard of muscadine grapes and certainly have never tasted muscadine grape hull pie. Have heard of muscat grapes and eaten Concord grapes, but this was all news to me. Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can you get Muscadine Grapes if you live in Canada, and if you can't get Muscadine Grapes are there alternatives you can use for the receipe instead..?!

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      Gatortail2 5 years ago

      Muscadine Grapes will grow all the way north to central Pa. my cousin grows large crops of them near Pittsburgh.

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      Charlie43 LM 5 years ago

      I would love to try this some day. Living in Michigan makes it tough to find muscadine grapes, though...

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love this lens. And I'm going to try this recipe. Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never heard of them but they sound delicious by themselves and a pie must be extraordinary. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day.

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      Kaiote 5 years ago

      I don't care for grape hull pie.. I know I don't.. but this is making me want to make it.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Am just hearing it for the first time but am salivating already

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      ConnieGreen LM 5 years ago

      I had not heard of this before - now I MUST try it! Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I have never had the pleasure of eating Muscadine grape hull pie but would surely like to try your recipe!

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      fyrdragon350 5 years ago

      never had muscadine grapes in pie or any other type of dessert, or the wines either. it's definitely now on my list of things to try/eat/drink. thanks :)

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      have never tried it...but it sounds absolutely delicious! congratulations on LOTD!

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      Gatortail2 5 years ago

      I have eaten muscadine Hull Pie made from my muscadine grapes grown from grape vines in my backyard here in South Florida, it is Ok but a mixture of Muscadines and Japenese Loquats is even better when made into pies. Tropical peaches is what we call Loquats. The loquats impart a smooth fruit flavor to the basic Muscadine taste. I grow Jumbo, Black Beauty, Everglades and Dade varieties of Muscadine grapes and will add more varieties to extend my grape season.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi congrats on LotD, I love muscadine grape. Never had the muscadine grape hull pie. It sound so yummy. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      congratulations. i so looooooooove grapes!

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a pie Corrinna. People grow grapes a lot here in Croatia and make some excellent vines so I feel this recipe would be so yummy :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I love muscadine grapes. Congratulations on Lens of the Day. :)

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      Fox Music 5 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day and Thank you for this Delicious Lens "Muscadine Grape Hull Pie"

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      raul28 lm 5 years ago

      Never had the chanse to taste muscadine grape hull pie. I will definitely try it soon.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I love muscadine grapes but haven't had the pie. It sounds delicious along with some vanilla ice cream. Congratulations on LOTD

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Not familiar with this ... looks delicious !

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Never had muscadine grape hull pie but it sounds yummy. Congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What a great LotD! Never tried this but it sounds amazing :>) ~~Blessed~~

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      mariacarbonara 5 years ago

      That's the crazy thing about squidoo. You learn new stuff every day! Never heard of this before or the grapes but is so interesting! Thanks

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      never, but I love grapes, a delicious vitaminC fruit...Congrats on the LOTD

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This sounds quite delightful! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on your well deserved LotD! :)

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      this looks delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe, i'm planning to try it these weekend.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I have never tasted muscadine grape hull pie but it sounds delicious! Congrats on your LOTD!

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      morgaann 5 years ago

      good one!

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      wattyan 5 years ago

      Very informative. Congrats for been LOTD!

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      Fish1138 5 years ago

      Great job! You did a great job on the lens!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      This is right up my street, the good 'ol humble and diverse grape. Although I'm not usually eating products made with grapes! Well done on LotD.

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      peternehemia lm 5 years ago

      You make my mouth filled with waters. I think the guests in my work will love it. Gotta let someone try this recipe.

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      davidgomes lm 5 years ago

      its look yummy:) yup Congrats on LOTD.

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      rivercityconcepts 5 years ago

      Never heard of it but it looks delicious!

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      Sure haven't - not sure if I'd want to try it or not either (I'm not really a big fan of fruit pies ;o) We have lots of muscadines here too (in South Alabama). Congratulations on LoTD!

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      dennonlow lm 5 years ago

      Haven't try baking a pie but guess I need to start somewhere.. Thanks for the recipe. Congrats for been LOTD!

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      Onlinemum3 5 years ago

      Your pie looks amazing. It's making me hungry! Congrats on LOTD.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I've never heard of it before. Yes, I would try it. Congrats on LOTD.

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Your pie looks mouth-watering! Congrats on LOTD.

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      Mr-Panda LM 5 years ago

      That looks like some awesome pie. I love your lens!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Looks very tasty! Definitely interested in trying this sometime. Congratulations on LOTD! ~angel blessed :)

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      vishnudas007 5 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats for LOTD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I've never heard of grape pie but many of our neighbor's grow grapes for wine. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love pies and would love to eat muscadine grape hull pie. Thank you for sharing.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Delicious, a pie like my mother made. blessed.........

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      magnetic06 lm 5 years ago

      Yummy lens, such a delicious contenst. Congratulations

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      yogendrachavda 5 years ago

      yummy.... nice lens btw

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats for LOTD thanks for sharing i am gonna try that delicious recipe

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      No I haven't. The pie looks really good. I would like to try this recipe.Congratulations on you LotD.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      No, I've never tried it, but it looks so good. I love learning about new foods. Thanks for sharing this in so much detail and congratulations on lotD!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      No, I've never tried it, but it looks so good. I love learning about new foods. Thanks for sharing this in so much detail and congratulations on lotD!

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I would love to give this recipe a try.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I wish you lived next door. Then I'd come over for a piece of this amazing pie. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      This looks delicious. We grow grapes here in California, but they didn't do very well this season. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Very nice - looks really good!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I remember picking bags of muscadines for my grandmother when I was young. This pie looks delicious!