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Suitable flowers for winemaking.

Flowers are a very popular raw material, but are an effort to pick in the required quantities. It is common to need as much as half a bucket of flowers for a gallon of wine, so it is not surprising that dried flowers seem a more practical choice.

The other annoying thing about flowers is that they have a nasty habit of being poisonous. Always check first. The list is long, and includes notables such as daffodil, rhododendron and bluebell - which is a shame, as blue wine would rock!

For bizarre and archaic reasons, petal quantities are measured in pints. Generally you'll need two or three beer-glasses full, but see Rule 2.

Below is a list of possibilities.

Dandelion.
Traditionally picked on St Georges' Day (whenever that is). For a few weeks you can just keep picking them and they will keep growing back.
Elderflower.
Classic homebrew flower. Makes excellent pseudo-champagne. Pick it in late May/early June. 3/4 pint.
Gorse.
Pretty yellow things that live on nasty prickly bushes. Available April onward. Use gloves to pick.
Pansy.
3pints. Steal from gardens!
Primrose.
May season. Very yellow.
Roses.
Again, try gardens.

See also : Fruit
  : Vegetables
  : Dried things
  : Other things
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