Turnip Wine Recipes


Who says only grapes can be turned into wine?  Turnips can be turned into wine, too.  There are turnip wine recipes that can certainly come up even to the finest grape wine around.

If you find it hard to believe, try this turnip wine recipe for size.  You will need:

  • Four pounds of turnips
  • Three pounds of sugar
  • A lemon
  • An orange
  • A gallon of water
  • A teaspoon of yeast nutrient
  • Wine yeast
  • One Campden tablet (optional)

Carefully scrub the turnips to remove dirt and slice thinly.  Boil the sliced turnips in water until tender.  Then, using a nylon straining bag, strain the turnip into the fermentation bucket without squeezing.  Add the sugar and stir making sure to dissolve it completely.

Once the liquid has cooled, add the lemon juice, orange juice, wine yeast and yeast nutrient.  Put the turnip pulp in a sachet or cheese cloth, tie the top loosely and put it in the liquid.  Set aside for a week in a warm place punching down the sachet twice every day.  Remember not to squeeze.

After seven days, drip the sachet and discard the solids.  Store the liquid in a warm place, allowing the fermentation to work.  You will notice the liquid clearing, the trace of sediments disappearing.

If it does not clear up in six months, you can use Amylase or any other starch enzyme to treat the liquid.  Wait for two more months.

When fermentation has stopped, you may rack the wine into a jar and store it in a cooler area.  Wait for the wine to age – about 12 months – before tasting.