Did you know you can make wine out of just about any fruit or vegetable with a fairly high sugar content – even pumpkin wine? One of my foraging mentors, the late Mike Jacisin, was willing to experiment with cooking and fermenting just about anything. One year he was blessed with an abundance of onions, so he made a batch of onion wine. Alas, said onion wine went down in infamy as the worst brew he ever concocted, and has become a running joke in our extended circle of family and friends.
This year we've been blessed with such an abundance of sweet onions that I'm seriously considering a small batch of the infamous brew, since I missed out on tasting the original, but thus far my husband has vetoed the idea. 🙂 Since he won't let me ferment onions, I'd like to share how to make pumpkin wine. Like Mike, I'm willing to bulk up my food and beverage storage with a wide variety of foodstuffs, and it's fun to break out a bottle of an unusual brew for friends. I am not a big wine drinker, but I love the rich, yeasty smell in my kitchen as the wine ferments. Wine is pretty forgiving, too. I've made batches that are better or worse, but nothing completely skunky like some of my beer brewing friends have encountered.