Frost-Grape or Chicken-Grape

If you try to eat the _frost-grapes_ before frost you will find them

decidedly sour, but after a good frost they are really fine. They have a

snappy, spicy flavor all their own, and one eats them, like currants,

skin and all. They are small, round, and black with a slight bloom. The

clusters are well-filled and hang loosely. The vine grows luxuriantly,

branching from a large trunk, and is found in wet places and on the

banks of streams, though it does well in the open and in drier soil. It

flourishes in New England and down to Illinois and westward to Nebraska.

The leaves usually suggest three lobes but are mostly undivided. They

are coarsely toothed and the under side bears occasional hairs along the