American Gardening, Feb. 27, 1904

A Labrusca X Vulpina X Vinifera Grape, Resembling the Delaware

The exact origin of the popular Delaware grape is unknown; but, from the unknown, we sometimes arrive at the known.

This grape was found about 1850 in the garden of Paul H. Provost, Frenchtown, Hunterdon County, N. J., who had emigrated from Switzerland and brought with him many varieties of foreign grapes, which he cultivated in his garden, and it is supposed that some native grape was pollenated by some one of the foreign grapes, and from the results of some of my experiments I am convinced that the native grape was a Labrusca and Vulpina hybrid, as many of those hybrids are to be found all the way from Massachusetts to Virginia. I have many seedlings from a combination of those three species, viz., V. Labrusca, V. Vulpina and V. Vinifera, and the accompanying photograph is of one of them. It Is a stronger grower and of larger bunch and berry (some bunches measure six to eight inches long), with that peculiar habit of one shoulder attached to nearly every cluster, color a little darker, but the quality la so much like the Delaware that they can hardly be distinguished one from the other, and the foliage is quite similar. My "Amber Queen" is of the same origin, and everyone who eats that grape will at once recognize its resemblance to the Delaware.

Delaware Grape Bibliography