?Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) Wine Anyone?

?Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) Wine Anyone?

Post by Ted Mosqui » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Dear All:
Here in eastern Ontario, Canada we have plenty of ***ia creeper
(Parthenocissus quinquefolia) which climbs up brick walls and up
trees. It is a genus in the same family as the grape (i.e.
Vitaceae).

The purple berries are now ripe.  They are as large as wild grape
berries, grow in clusters, and have a pleasant, slightly acrid,
sweet taste.

QUESTION: Has anyone on this group tried to make wine out of this
interesting plant?? There would be no trouble collecting 12 lbs of
fruit.

Would appreciate any thoughts.

Ted M.

 
 
 

?Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) Wine Anyone?

Post by renf.. » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Dear All:
> Here in eastern Ontario, Canada we have plenty of ***ia creeper
> (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) which climbs up brick walls and up
> trees. It is a genus in the same family as the grape (i.e.
> Vitaceae).

> The purple berries are now ripe.  They are as large as wild grape
> berries, grow in clusters, and have a pleasant, slightly acrid,
> sweet taste.

> QUESTION: Has anyone on this group tried to make wine out of this
> interesting plant?? There would be no trouble collecting 12 lbs of
> fruit.

> Would appreciate any thoughts.

> Ted M.

Hello!  This question has come up before.  

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, ***ia Creeper, "Berries potentially
fatal if eaten in quantity" (Peterson Field Guides, Edible Wild Plants, p.
180).

HTH,

Cindy Renfrow

Author & Publisher of "Take a Thousand Eggs or More, A Collection of 15th
Century Recipes" and "A Sip Through Time, A Collection of Old Brewing
Recipes"
http://www.FoundCollection.com/