Cooking with Firewood
... the grape vine ...
There are about sixty different
species of Grapevines or Vitis.
Grapevines are diocious which
means they are self-fertilising
as the the vineyard is made up of
both male and female plants.
Originally they were found in
southern Europe and south western
Asia but they are now found
all over the world.
Grape juice is quite often used for
sweetening tinned fruits and it would
say on the tin 100% natural and
with no added sugar.
Not surprisingly the majority of
grapes are used to make wine, with
fresh and dried fruit coming in a
very poor second and third!
The largest producer of grapes is
Spain with nearly twelve thousand
square kilometers given over to
the production of vineyards, and
this is growing by 2% every year!
The Greek wine cup dating back to
about the third and fourth century was
heavily decorated with grapes, vines
The scenes depicted on this particular
specimen are slightly less Bacchanalian
Our grapevine firewood was planted
in 1990 and its' name is
The grapes it produced
were used primarily in the making
of Armagnac - gorgeous!
This wood is also incredibly popular
for vivariums, giving a natural look
and is super friendly for the reptiles.
Because the vine is heavily
pruned and maintained there
are some truly stunning pieces
of wood available - the only
limitation is your imagination!
Vine leaves have been used for
centuries especially in Greece and
Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)
are classics in restaurants and
... it's not just firewood ...
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