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Nispero Wine Recipe

Nispero Wine Recipe - Wine needs to age at least one year. Therefore, it would be best to plan in advance.

What are Nisperos? 

Also known as Medlar fruit or Japanese loquat Nisperos are aa yellow/orangy coloured fruit growing on trees that have vibrant and fragrant white flowers. While the skin can be eaten the best bit is inside, the flesh. The fruit contains large seeds that are toxic and must not be eaten.

The fruit has a sweet and sour taste, described as being a mixture of citrus, peach, and mango. It is most sweet when fully ripe.

Nisperos are in season in Spain during the months of April, May, and June 

INGREDIENTS:

9 pounds whole fresh nisperos with pits in place. 7 pounds if pits are removed. (Fresh, ripe picked is best. Wash before using.)

2 gallons boiling water

Juice of 1 lemon (Used as an anti-oxidant)

5 pounds sugar

1 teaspoon yeast nutrient, if available

1 package wine yeast, if available

1/2 teaspoon pectic enzyme, if available

1 campden tablet, if available

Nispero Wine Recipe

Method

In a large container such as a 5 or 6 gal heavy duty plastic bucket or an earthenware crock, mash the nisperos. Cover with boiling water, add lemon juice, and quickly stir for about two minutes. Cover with a clean linen cloth. Let rest in a cool, dark place, stirring daily for one week. You can also blend in 1 package wine yeast and 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient, if available.

After one week, strain the mixture through a double-layer of cheesecloth into a large, clean bowl, discarding nispero pulp and pits if any. Combine nispero liquid with the sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. You can also add pectic enzyme and crushed campden tablet, if available. Pour into cleaned container such a plastic bucket or crock and let stand another week, stirring daily.

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After the second week, pour the nispero liquid into 1-gallon glass wine bottles or similar container and cork loosely. Use fermentation locks instead of corks, if you have them. Let rest in a cool, dark place for 3 months. When wine is clear and no longer fermenting (bubbling), pour into individual bottles, cork, and age at least 1 year before drinking this delicious nispero wine.

Will make approximately 2-1/2 gallons or 40 servings.

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