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(Labrusca, Vinifera)

Jessica is an early, hardy, green grape. The fruit is sweet, rich,
sprightly and almost free from foxiness, but is unattractive and does
not keep well. The clusters and berries are small, and the clusters
are too loose for a good grape. Jessica may be commended for earliness
and hardiness and is, therefore, desirable, if at all, in northern
regions. William H. Read, Port Dalhousie, Ontario, grew Jessica from
seed planted some time between 1870 and 1880.

Vine medium in vigor, healthy, hardy, productive. Canes long,
thick, dark brown with red tinge; nodes enlarged, flattened;
internodes short; tendrils continuous or intermittent, bifid or
trifid. Leaves small; upper surface dark green, glossy, often
rugose; lower surface pale green, very pubescent; lobes three;
petiolar sinus narrow; teeth shallow, narrow. Flowers
self-fertile, open in mid-season; stamens upright.

Fruit very early. Clusters small, slender, tapering, usually
single-shouldered. Berries small, round, light green, often tinged
with yellow, covered with thin bloom, persistent, soft; skin thin,
adherent, faintly astringent; flesh pale green, transparent,
juicy, tender, soft, sprightly, sweet; good. Seeds adherent,
medium to broad, notched, brown.

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