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Journal of the American Pomological Society
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American Pomological Society

Volume 60 Number 4 Article 21 Pages: 159-163
Year 2006 Month 10
Title: 'Rubaiyat' and Oklahoma's Winegrape Legacy
Author: E.T. Stafne
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Oklahoma had vast vineyards of table and wine grapes. The climate and soils of Oklahoma were, and continue to be, favorable for production of grapes. Reports on grape growing in Oklahoma date back to 1894. Several grape cultivars were released from Oklahoma State University in the 1960s and 1970s. Chief among these cultivars was ‘Rubaiyat’ which is still grown in Oklahoma and has the potential for a larger contribution as the wine industry expands. ‘Rubaiyat’ is a dark blue-black grape that ripens in mid-August and compares favorably to ‘Chambourcin’ in several properties. Perhaps the greatest potential for ‘Rubaiyat’ is as a teinturier since it has the attribute of red flesh.

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