Wild Rosehip Wine (Verëtrëndafil i Egër)

Must and Fermented Beverages - Albania

Verëtrëndafil i Egër

The wild rosehip is a bush that produces red fruits. In the region of Përmet, in Albania, a wine is prepared with the dried fruits. After the fruits are collected, they are dried. About one kilogram of dried fruits is then mixed with ten liters of water and four kilograms of sugar. This mixture is left to ferment for 30 days, until it reaches the desired level of fermentation. Then, the remnants of the rosehip fruits are filtered out, and the wine is ready for consumption. This product is considered to have curative properties used in treating anemia and to be rich in vitamin C. Annual production of wild rosehip wine is quite low, and found in very small quantities at local markets. More often, it is produced just for personal or family consumption. The tradition of making this rosehip wine is being lost because it is a product made from wild harvested fruits, and the process is time consuming. Migration away from rural areas into urban means that there are fewer people in the area who continue this Albanian culinary tradition.