Sea Grapes are Delicious!

Sea Grape Tree

Sea Grape Tree

Great Egret on Sea Grapes

Great Egret on Sea Grapes

Close-up of Back Lit Sea Grape Leaf

Close-up of Back Lit Sea Grape Leaf

Sea Grape Jelly

Sea Grape Jelly

Sea Grape Leaf Turtle

Sea Grape Leaf Turtle

Sea grapes are growing quickly now in Florida.  In late summer and early Fall the fruit ripens and turns purple.  Grapes can then be eaten raw, or used to make jelly or wine.  A recipe for sea grape jelly is at:  http://www.authenticflorida.com/authentic-living/cuisine/how-to-make-sea-grape-jelly/

Tourists in the 1930s used the sea grape’s thick leathery leaves to write postcards.  Today people use the fallen leaves for art, plates, wreaths, or even to make dresses for a fashion show!  This native plant is so important for beach stabilization and wildlife that it is protected by law.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Sea Grapes are Delicious!

  1. FeyGirl says:

    YAY! Love our sea grapes… Such a vital part of our ecosystem; glad they’re now protected.

  2. timelesslady says:

    I fell in love with sea grapes trees/bushes in Jamaica. I was so disappointed that I could not bring a plant or seeds home with me because of custom regulations. I love the thick lime green of the leaves with the vivid red vein. I was happy recently to find a source for a few seeds here in the US. I received them, but they look pretty dried out to me. I am hoping putting them in a soil in a hot humid container will do the trick and they will sprout for me. Loved seeing a post about them.

    • Pam says:

      I love sea grapes too! The leaves are incredibly beautiful. If you want a reliable place to buy seeds or a plant from, I’ve had success with toptropicals.com (search coccoloba)

  3. timelesslady says:

    Thank you Pam. I bought mine from a person selling through Amazon.com. I will try the site you mentioned also. Kathy

  4. Linda Henderson says:

    Where? Can u buy sea grape jelly?!

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