One of the traditional ways to preserve your harvest is to press the fruit into juice and ferment so start Brewing Beer & Cider with Fresh Fruit.
Fermenting is one of the oldest food preservation practices because alcohol destroys any harmful bacteria making a safe to drink beverage that can last a long time. Brewing vessels unearthed in the Middle East date brewing back over 9,000 years! First brews were likely discovered by accident from wild honey mixing with rain water in tree stumps. Even Elephants have been observed “brewing” by making crude pits, filling them with fruit and water and then covering with leaves. The elephants return in a week to drink the beverage.
Historical texts say King Midas was one of the first leaders to employ brewers for his own enjoyment and his royal court. The vessels discovered in his burial tomb were 2700 years old. These ancient ales where actually hybrid brews. The scientists actually ran analysis on the residue and were able to conclusively say they brewed with malted grains, grapes, and honey! That ancient brew is somewhere in between a beer, wine and mead. They even added Saffron to the mix!
Read this article by biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGover to learn more—> Midas Touch
We know from our own experiments and the successful sales from local breweries and cider makers that blending fruit takes beverages to the next level!
One of the best examples of wild brewing is from our partner Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX. We have partnered with them to create an edible landscape of unique and unusual fruits for tasting and brewing.You can check out their website and learn more here –>Jester King
The added fruit juices can create complexity and balance that normal brewing cannot achieve. Fruit is a natural source of wild yeast and so you can often spontaneously ferment your brew by including locally grown fruit. Wild yeasts that are climatically adapted to your region will impart a completely unique flavor!
Seriously who knew your fruit could harbor strains of yeast that work perfectly with your location? Well these Organic and Biodynamic farmers did and they had researchers discover they have strains of yeast found no where else in the world. Check them out –> Cowhorn Vinyard
Another advantage to using fruit is it adds nutrients and antioxidants. Taste and nutrition! WOW!!
At OGW we offer a diversity of food plants and their companions from around the world. We offer unique and rare fruit and nut trees, shrubs, and vines. We've been sharing our passion for edible plants and organic gardening since 1994. We are a family owned and operated nursery in Portland Oregon. We ship our seeds & plants to all 50 states. At our retail garden center we offer seasonal fruit tasting, preservation and plant care classes as well as hold events in the community. We support local food sovereignty- grow your own One Green World!