Once Drink the Harvest co-author Nan Chase gets going in her North Carolina kitchen, nothing — not even kudzu, that ubiquitous invasive vine — is safe from her beverage-making prowess.
|Kudzu blossoms, destined for beverage greatness|
Canning overripe produce is a big no-no, so in coping with the sudden tomato-rama I looked up an old folk recipe for tomato wine, and that’s my plan. I started it last night in a 2-gallon ceramic crock. Results in two years.
Last week my friend and Drink the Harvest co-author, DeNeice Guest, suggested we pick some kudzu blossoms that were about to take over a road near her house. Kudzu! The blossoms of this nuisance plant are beautiful, like wisteria, and smell powerfully of grape Kool-Aid.
|Nan’s kudzu mead should be ready by Thanksgiving of next year|
What’s your own big harvest this year? And what’s your plan?
Photos courtesy of the author