According to the author of the article, alcohol is a “great tool” to help warm up the atmosphere and strengthen the attachment in relationships.
There are many famous wines in the world such as Chinese Maotai, Korean sochu, Russian vodka, Japanese sake, French champagne, Scottish whiskey, Spanish sherry…
Alcohol is a “wonderful tool” to help warm up the atmosphere and strengthen the attachment in relationships.
In addition to such wines that are completely fermented and distilled by humans, the author also mentions a number of ecological wines, which are processed based on natural elements.
For example, wine brewed in a bamboo tube. This brewing method originated in China, initially from Zhejiang or Fujian province, and then gradually spread to other provinces such as Guangxi, Sichuan…
Visitors enjoy wine brewed in bamboo tubes. Photo: 360doc.com
The selected young bamboo plants will have a small hole cut in the stem, then the wine will be pumped inside the bamboo tube, then the hole will be sealed. The type of alcohol used to put into the bamboo tube is sorghum wine or rice wine. Since bamboo is a highly self-healing plant, the openings will self-seal in about 10 days. The wine will be aged completely in such a natural closed environment.
However, according to the author of the article, in Vietnam, there is a wine that is more ecological and natural than the wine brewed in bamboo tubes mentioned above, not using artificial alcohol but completely given by nature. born from a tree.
So what is so special about the wine born from this tree?
The tree that produces wine
Doc tree (other names: Bang, Ta flap, mountain coconut…), scientific name Arenga pinnata, is a perennial plant of the areca family. In Vietnam, doc trees grow a lot in the foothills of damp mountains, at the foot of limestone mountains, in secondary forests… such as in the Truong Son range.
At maturity, the tree has a diameter of about 40-50cm (base and top are similar) and about 8-20m high. The large, feathered leaves look like coconut leaves, the underside is white, 6 – 12 m long and about 1.5 m wide, with leaflets growing in 1 – 6 rows, 40 – 70 cm long and 5 cm wide.
The petiole and leaf sheath have many long fibers that can be braided. Cotton moth much branched, curved. Male flowers have 70-80 stamens, female flowers have 3 sepals left on the fruit. The flower stalk contains a lot of fresh juice, which can be drunk as wine or cooked into sugar.
Doc tree in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue province. Photo: Flickr
Every year, pomelo blooms from November to March of the lunar calendar, this is also the time when people of the Pa Co, Ta Oi, Co Tu, Van Kieu, Ruc, A Rem ethnic groups in Quang Binh province, Thua Thien – Hue is back in the forest to “hunt” for sparkling wine.
To get wine, you have to find a tree with a trunk diameter equivalent to an embrace, with an age of 3 to 5 years, the bigger the tree, the more wine it gives.
The process of getting wine is also very simple. Finding a suitable tree, people just need to use a very sharp knife to cut the top, try to make the cut very sweet so that the top of the tree will not rot and give a lot of wine for a long time.
Chop down the tops of the tree to catch the wine. Photo: Vietnamnet
When the knife crossed the top of the tree, a milky white water gushed out from the middle of the young core. When it has not been fermented, the juice has a cloudy color like milk, a strong smell, and a sour taste. For a long time, this strange drink has been considered by the people here as a beverage that brings a sense of euphoria to the drinker.
Legend has it that in the past, a group of hunters were busy chasing birds and animals, so they got lost in the forest. When they ran out of food and water, they suddenly discovered a stream of water flowing from their bodies. The tree looks like a coconut tree. When they drink, they feel very refreshed, as if they are drinking alcohol. After returning alive, they told the villagers about the accidentally discovered wine.
If the tree is perennial and does not suffer from decay, on the first day, it can catch dozens of liters of wine. Each tree can take wine continuously for 2 months, if the tree has fruit chambers, it must be obtained within 3 months, about 80-100 liters, to run out of wine. After that, the local people give the tree a “rest” for about 2-3 months before it can be exploited again. Next time you want to get more wine, you have to cut it short with a knife so that the tree can produce new wine.
To make the wine more delicious, people also use the bark of the dragonfly in the forest to ferment. Later, local people brought seeds from the forest and planted them in their garden to make wine for convenience.
For ethnic minorities living on the Truong Son mountain range, on holidays, new home celebrations, weddings or harvests, sparkling wine is indispensable. Therefore, along with familiar dishes such as stream fish, grilled meat, bamboo rice, etc., Doc wine has become a typical culture of the people here.
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