Wassailing in 2011

January 12, 2011

Once again, it is that time of year for wassailing, with most events happening this coming weekend. Simply put, wassailing is a kind of festival of sorts blessing apple trees. I wrote up a blog last winter on the topic, including some recipes. Strangely, for all the things poured on an apple tree for wassailing, none of them seem to be fertilizer.

One musing I have about wassailing is that all the recipes tend to be for soft apple “cider” [juice]. If this is indeed an old tradition, apples would have had to have been put into storage and then freshly pressed to have juice on hand. Any other juice from that fall would have already fermented into cider because they wouldn’t have really had the means to prevent it.

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