Most homemade wines are made with fruits such as apples and grapes; however, some wines can be made with vegetables as well. Vegetable wine is useful if you yourself eat a lot of vegetables as it pairs off well with even stubborn veggies. Some vegetables work far better than others when it comes to making wine, so it's important to choose your garden produce carefully if you intend to make wine from it.
Common Vegetable Wine
There are a number of vegetables that are most commonly made into wine and so are good to start with if you want to break into this more unconventional area of wine making. The best ones to start with are potatoes and tomatoes; they lend themselves well to wine making because they are easy to work with and ferment well. Other good vegetables include beets (nice color at the end), cucumber, sweet potato, pumpkin, and sweet peas, as well as carrots and corn. Rhubarb is another popular vegetable to turn into wine because of the flavor and delectable color of the finished product. Unlike fruit wine, most vegetable wine is paired of with oranges and/or raisins during fermentation in order to add more flavor to the finished product, otherwise the wine can end up a bit watery tasting. Potatoes in particular require a bit of a delicate touch; they can turn suddenly and you'll have ruined wine.
Oddball Vegetable Wines
Of course, people being people means that you can get some odd vegetable wines. For example, jalapenos can be made into a wine, as can zucchini squash and tea wine. You can even make coffee wine; get drunk and caffeinated at the same time! The main problems with these vegetable wines is that they are more experimental; you cannot be sure of what you'll get and you have to have a lot of confidence in the recipe or you may end up with something too strange to drink. But if you can find good recipes and the bases are to your taste, then you can make something really unique for yourself or any guests you may have.
Vegetables that Don't Work
A few vegetables will not work in wine no matter how inventive you are. Asparagus is one such vegetable that will never turn into wine; it has too much acidity in it and it will ruin the yeast before the wine can really start to ferment. Although most vegetables will submit readily to fermentation and deliver a good wine, asparagus will not and should just be avoided. Another doubtful one is broccoli or cauliflower; they go fine with wine, but don't seem to be in abundance when it comes to being wine.
Vegetable wine may seem like an strange choice, but it's more common and popular than you may think. It's fairly easy to make, pairs well with many different foods, and can be created straight from your garden. This makes it a great base to use if you live somewhere where you can't get fruits easily.
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