Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ferment Your Forest

People have been known to make wine out of all kinds of stuff—some of it's great, some of it must be positively awful. But hey, it's all in pursuit of a buzz, right? If it also happens to have a sublime taste, well, that's just icing on the cake.

Just today I discovered that there's a long tradition of making wine from the leaves of oak trees. There are two versions of oak leaf wine: one made from new springtime leaves, and the other from old, brown leaves. While reading about this, I also saw some references to fermenting wine from birch leaves as well. Somehow, that seems to make more sense.

What's next? Distilling whiskey from used newsprint?

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