This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Black Mo-nukka is a grape believed to be of Indian origin, which was received from the late Mr. Johnsonr gardener at Hampton Court, and distributed by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is a grape of great peculiarity and of great excellence. It is of exceedingly robust growth, and a somewhat shy bearer. The bunches produced are, however, very large, from twelve to twenty inches or more in length, and of a regular, tapering form. The berries are small, long-ovate, inclining to be conical like an acorn, measuring seven-eights of an inch in length and five-eights of an inch in diameter. In color it approaches black, when well ripened, but is more frequently of a dull reddish-brown. It has a thin coating of bloom. The skin is thin, adhering to the pulp, which is firm, fleshy, and not melting, yet very tender and full of juice. It contains no perfect seeds, only one, or at most two, half-formed, and these being soft, like the pulp, are eaten with it, as well as the skins. The flavor is rich and sweet, of the most agreeable character, not in any way peculiar, yet refreshing and pleasant to the palate. The black monucca is termed a seedless grape. It is so, however, only so far as the seeds remain immature. The seeds are formed, yet, from some cause, they are not perfected.
This failing may, perhaps, in some measure, account for the smallness of the berry The peculiarity may possibly be due to defective setting. - A. F. BarRon, in The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society.