Kousa Dogwood Fruit Mead

This is a Kousa Dogwood Berry Melomel that was started back in mid-December 2021.  This batch proceeded in two stages (see notes) to ensure a strong fermentation with foraged fruit. A base batch of only honey and water was pitched, then a week later the fruit was added.  The fruit had been frozen for a while, but was stabilized anyway.

You may be familiar with Kousa Dogwood as an ornamental shrub. The orange-to-red berries are notorious for staining cars and fattening squirrels. But yes, you can eat the berries! They taste half way between a peach and a persimmon. The theme for 2022's Valkyrie's Horn competition is "forage" and this will be my entry.

Kousa Dogwood Berry Mead Recipe


Process Log


How'd It Do

This will be entered in the 2022 Valkyrie's Horn competition, in the special Forage-themed category.