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McPike is noteworthy because of the large size of the berries and
bunches. It is very similar to its parent, Worden, differing in
having fewer but larger berries, grapes not as high in flavor and
fewer and smaller seeds. Because of the thin, tender skin, the berries
crack badly. The grapes shell more or less, and the vines are less
productive than those of Worden. The faults named debar it from
becoming a commercial grape and it is not high enough in quality to
make it of value for the amateur. This variety originated with H. G.
McPike, Alton, Illinois, from seed of Worden planted in 1890.

Vine vigorous, hardy, very productive. Canes of medium length,
dull reddish-brown; nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes very
short; tendrils continuous, bifid or trifid. Leaves large, thick;
upper surface light green, dull, rugose; lower surface
grayish-white, heavily pubescent; leaf entire with terminus acute;
petiolar sinus deep; basal and lateral sinuses lacking. Flowers
nearly self-fertile.

Fruit mid-season, keeps well. Clusters variable in size, broad,
irregularly tapering, usually not shouldered; pedicel long, thick,
smooth; brush long, slender, green with brown tinge. Berries
unusually large, round, purplish-black with heavy bloom, firm;
skin cracks, adherent to pulp, astringent; flesh pale green,
translucent, juicy, tender, stringy, vinous; fair to good. Seeds
adherent, one to four, short, broad, blunt, plump, light brown.

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