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Old 04-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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I am on an edible flower wine kick and wasgoing to do clover wine. As usual I went to jack keller's site to get the recipe. Alas his spoke only of red cover and all the ones around here seem to be white. I know the white ones are edible, but do they make as good a quality wine? are they as fragrant/flavorful?

Anyone out there tried it?

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the clover look-alike plant sheepshire? It has a tangy flavor in the fleshy green bits of the plant that comes from oxalic acid.

A wine made from this would be "lemony" in flavor and very tart if not back sweetened.

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I tasted one, just about no flavor. Nothing even approaching acidity or lemony

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I'm guessing those would be easier to work with than dandelions.

I would eat a handful of them at one time. I can't really taste dandelion flowers unless I eat the petals from about 3 flowers all together.

If it helps, I've done mead with a few different batches of clover honey, and I really like them. My favorite came from a higher alpine clover variety (supposedly) and was bright and almost fruity up front with a pleasantly earthy aftertaste.

If you try this, I'd like to hear how it turns out.

EDIT: Just found this on another thread: http://www.fao.org/docrep/V2350E/v2350e05.htm

"White clover is regarded as a plant edible by humans (Launert, 1981): "An infusion of the dried flowers makes a fine tea substitute. The young leaves, gathered before flowering, can be added to salads, sauces and soups? on their own they can be used as a vegetable and prepared like spinach." Moderation in use is recommended possibly because of the cyanogenic potential of some clovers varieties; Wheeler and Vickery (1989) found that north American varieties had notably lower cyanogenic potential than most European varieties. Again, it is perhaps not appreciated that a type of dry "wine" can be made by fermenting flowerheads, sugar and wine yeast."

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #5
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THe locust trees should be blooming in your area soon, they would make a much better flower wine than clover. WVMJ

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I'll try that too. Do you ferment just the locust petals or the whole bloom?

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