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Cox's Large Purple Grape

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This grape is the largest, juiciest and most interesting grape we have found! The plant is very vigorous and productive with no signs of mildew even though it is seemingly getting no water. It grows as a dense thicket with sprawling 20ft vines that crawl up through the rotten boards of an antique barn. They are ripe when they are full dark purple. They are sweet, tasty, thick skinned and the flavor is mild. The seeding habit of this grape is inconsistent in that some are seedless, some have one seed, some two seeds, some three and some just have an empty seed coat. We are very excited to see how it behaves in the future.

Found on private property at the historic Cox's Bar below Downieville. There is still 30 historic pants surviving there above the Yuba River. Most are pears but it does include hazelnut, apple, hops, grapes and ornamentals. Cox's bar employed at least 7 people in 1853, prospecting on the rich banks of the Yuba. Nisenan, the Northeast Maidu and the Washo tribes lived in these areas before the gold digging showed up.

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