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Hidalgo








(Vinifera, Labrusca, Bourquiniana)

The grapes of Hidalgo are rich, sweet, delicately flavored, and with
color, size and form of berry and bunch so well combined as to make
the fruits singularly handsome. The skin is thin but firm and the
variety keeps and ships well. The vines, however, are doubtfully
hardy, variable in vigor and not always fruitful. While Hidalgo may
not prove of value for the commercial vineyard, in favorable
situations it may give a supply of choice fruit for the amateur. The
parentage of Hidalgo, as given by its originator, T. V. Munson, is
Delaware, Goethe and Lindley. The variety was introduced by the
originator in 1902.

Vine variable in vigor, hardiness and productiveness. Canes thick,
dark reddish-brown; nodes enlarged, flattened; tendrils
intermittent or continuous, bifid or trifid. Leaves large,
irregularly round, thick; upper surface light green, dull, rugose;
lower surface pale green, bronzed, heavily pubescent; lobes three
when present; petiolar sinus narrow, sometimes closed and
overlapping; basal sinus wanting; lateral sinus shallow, narrow;
teeth very shallow, narrow. Flowers semi-fertile, open after
mid-season; stamens upright.

Fruit mid-season, keeps and ships well. Clusters large, long,
slender, cylindrical, often blunt, not shouldered, one to two
bunches per shoot, compact; pedicel long, slender with small
warts; brush yellowish-green with brown tinge. Berries large,
oval, greenish-yellow, glossy with thin bloom, persistent, firm;
skin thin, tough, adherent, astringent; flesh green, transparent,
juicy, tender, melting, aromatic, sweet; very good to best. Seeds
free, two to four, large, plump, light brown.





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