There’s something odd about the way that wild-growing or ‘free’ food is shunned. I remember picking an apple from a tree in the neighbourhood, and my mum telling me not to eat it because it could be unsafe. Mulberries are something kids eat a lot, but adults seem to prefer the blueberries or raspberries and avoid the freely available mulberries. I think the world wants us to think we NEED someone to grow our food – we couldn’t possibly do it ourselves! It’s cropping up a lot as we try to build our house, too – we NEED to pay someone ELSE to build it. Need.
I do find most berries – save strawberries – to be rather bland. But Christmas is coming up and I thought it would be super cute to make my grandparents some Wild Wines. What do I mean by wild? Well, I’m not using any purchased yeasts. I figured that wine’s been made for centuries without purchasing a little sachet at the local brew-shop. My research does show that wild yeasts don’t produce as much as alcohol purchased yeasts. But you know, I really don’t like people that purely drink to get drunk. Can’t you just enjoy a drink?
Freely growing mulberries are enjoyed by a rainbow lorikeet and his Mrs.
We collected a kilogram of mulberries. Give them a rinse.
I then wore some gloves and smashed the berries into a paste.
In a sterilised 4 litre glass container, add the 1 kg berries.
Pour in 250g raw sugar
and 2 litres of un-chlorinated water.
I then tied a piece of stocking around the lid so that bugs wouldn’t get in.
We have left it to sit in the lounge for a few days. It’s in the lounge so that EVERY time we see it,
we give it a swirl and agitate the yeasts and berries.
After a few days, bubbles appear – see picture above!
Once the bubbling stops, strain and bottle.