There's more to wine than the traditional grape. Country wines are wines that are made with anything other than grape, like fruits, flowers, or herbs.
As this blog via The Herbal Academy explains, not only are these wines delectable due to the spectrum of herbal flavors they are infused with, they "were also viewed as a way to preserve the medicinal properties of plants."
Their blog also provides a list of seven herbs that make for medicinal and delicious wines. Here are three to excite the senses:
1: Rose Petal Wine
Rose hips – the fruit of the rose bush – are collected in the fall and are commonly used in jams and jellies, and are prized for their vitamin C content. While the rose hips are the star of the fall season, rose flowers steal the show while blooming spring through fall. The petals have been traditionally collected for tea and for medicinal preparations to soothe skin abrasions and alleviate many other ailments.
Rose petals are held in high esteem as lovely and romantic. How about bottling that romance into a delicate and fragrant, high quality wine?
2: Dandelion Wine
Dandelions bloom in the spring and have plenty of medicinal uses, especially as a liver tonic. Their medicinal properties are even known to benefit garden soil. What to do with that “weedy” lawn full of dandelions? Make lawn booze! The flowers are used to make a light and floral country wine that at one time was considered acceptable as a medicinal tonic.
3: Daisy Wine
Ox-eye daisies have often been used in medicinal preparations to assist with coughs or in salves for cuts and scrapes. The ox-eye daisy is considered by many to be a weed, and the flowers, popular with pollinators and beneficial insects, typically bloom April through June. The ox-eye daisy flower head can be used to make a smooth and floral wine.
Read the full blog here.