Cultivar Information

Flower type = Pistillage
Berry color = Bronze
Year introduced = 1970
Variety protection = Unpatented


'Fry' was released in 1970 by R. Lane of the University of Georgia. 'Fry' was selected from the cross Ga. 19-13 x USDA 19-11, for its large fruit size and excellent fruit quality.


Since its release, 'Fry' has set the standard for fresh fruit quality for bronze muscadines. Most growers are quite familiar with this cultivar. 'Fry' is popular for its large berry size and good flavor, even when picked immature. Yields are good, but like most female cultivars there can be off years. Probably the biggest downside to 'Fry' is its susceptibility to fruit rots, especially ripe rot, and wet stem scars. Growers may wish to try 'Summit' as a replacement. 'Summit' has drier scars, less disease susceptibility, and only a slightly smaller berry size.



Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Berry weight (g) Berry diameter (mm) Soluble solids (%)
Fry 12.7 27 15.3
Supreme 17.7 31 13.9

Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Vine vigor Leaf disease Berry rot % Full crop Harvest period Ripening % Dry scar
Fry medium slight slight 70% midseason even 30%
Supreme medium slight none 90% midseason uneven 60%