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Rose Apple Wine Recipe / Bell Fruit Wine / റോസ് ആപ്പിൾ വൈൻ റെസിപ്പി / ചാമ്പങ്ങ വൈൻ

Rose Apple Wine Recipe / Bell Fruit Wine / റോസ് ആപ്പിൾ വൈൻ റെസിപ്പി / ചാമ്പങ്ങ വൈൻ

These days many people around the world are turning away from store bought wines and switching back to homemade wines!! Wine making is a time consuming process though most of the ingredients used are simple and easily accessible. Celebration of Christmas is incomplete without a wine.

Rose Apples have got many health benefits. It is a good source of Vitamin A. It has the ability to detoxify the liver. It improves the immune system and digestion, protects against diabetes, beautifies the skin.

There are lot more Christmas Recipes which are ideal for the celebration in this blog..

We make wines from fruits, vegetables and flowers. Out of all these, Grape Wine is the most common. You may also be interested in my Homemade Rice Wine Recipe, Homemade Grape Wine too. 

So today, let us see how to make Homemade Bell Fruit Wine. I am indebted to my friend, Beena Varghese for this Rose Apple Wine Recipe.

Here I am presenting a simple homemade wine recipe. The Bell Fruit / Rose Apple used here for its preparation is easily available in most of the Kerala homes. This fruit is known in different names in different parts of the world which includes Love Apple, Jamrul, Bell Fruit, Water Apple, Java Apple, Jamaican Apple, Wax Apple etc., though it is neither related to apples nor roses. The popular name is Jambu. It is known as Chambakka in Malayalam. Love to hear its botanical name? It is Syzygium Samarangense.  Difficult to read it, rt? Ohh, leave it..  Whatever the name we call, everybody loves it.

Rose Apple / Jambu is available in red, white and pink colour. And we all love to have it directly from the tree, rt? Who doesn’t like to have a taste of this fruit?

So, here we go.. 

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 25 days

Ingredients for Rose Apple Wine

Jambu / Chambakka / Rose Apple – 1 kg (ripe properly, pitted)
Water – 1 litre
Sugar – ½ - ¾ kg
Yeast – ¾ tsp.
Dried Ginger, crushed – ½ " piece
Wheat Kernels – 1 tbsp.
Cloves – 2
Beetroot grated – one small

How to Make Bell Fruit Wine:

Separate the bell fruits from its stem. Wash it thoroughly and pat dry it. Slit open it and remove the seeds out of it and discard it. Grate the beetroot and take juice out of it. Strain it through a sieve or by using a muslin cloth.

Take a big pot and add bell fruits / rose apples in to it. Crush it well with a masher. Add sugar and water. Switch on the stove and let the whole content come to a boil. Towards the end of boiling add the beetroot juice and give it a tir. Switch off the stove once the sugar is completely dissolved in water. Keep it aside. Let it cool completely.

Once it is completely cooled, add yeast, wheat kernels, cloves and dried ginger. Stir it well with a wooden spoon. Transfer the content to glass jar or ceramic jar and close the jar tightly. The duration required for its fermentation is 21 days. Once in every alternative day open the lid and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. On the 21st day strain the mixture using a muslin cloth. Clean the left over sediments in the jar and pat dry it. Repeat this process of filtering and cleaning the jar for the next two or three days.

Now your Homemade Chambakka Wine is ready for serving.

Enjoy the homemade Rose Apple wine.

My Recipe Notes and Tips on Chambakka Wine:

1. Get fresh bell fruits for getting good quality wine.
2. Rose apples should be completely immersed in water.
3. When it starts boiling itself you will start seeing pink colour.
4. A germ-free environment is highly required. Hence maintaining hygiene throughout the process of making grape wine is very much necessary.
5. Don’t keep any sour fruits near to the wine mixture or else the wine mixture will turn sour.
6. If you feel any sort of dizziness after having this wine, switch immediately to having water. Or else, drink lots of water before drinking wine.

Happy Fermentation..


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  • Roy John Jacob (2019-02-03 20:14:29)
    I made this wine. Came out so good.
    Seena Koshy (2019-02-07 09:29:51)
    Happy to know that it came out good. Thank you so much.
  • Lyle Martinez (2018-01-28 01:16:54)
    We have been making this wine in Thailand for 5 years now. Just harvested and made up the mash today. Our mix is a bit different as we add more sugar and we add pectin enzyme. We do not add beetroot and achieve a nice pink almost translucent color. We do add 8 cloves and a cinnamon stick to each 5Liter fruit to 5L water batch. 3 batches today and maybe 6 to go. I have 4 trees that are extremely prolific. One tree will make 5 batches and I have 4 trees. We harvest end of January and have another harvest mid April. Results in a 14% sweet dessert wine, similar in body to an ice wine.
    Seena Koshy (2018-01-28 13:48:19)
    great work doing in big batches!! keep going.. all the best Lyle..
  • Anila (2017-03-05 22:24:50)
    Hello Seena The final statement of your "How to make Bell Fruit Wine", is: "Repeat the process for the next two or three days," What process? Or what portion of the full process? It is not clear. Pls elaborate. On 21st day after pouring back the strained solution to the jar, do you mean to strain the solution again on 22nd, 23rd & 24th day? Also stirring periodicity? Your article says at one place :"Every alternate day" At another place it says : "Stir every day."
    Seena Koshy (2017-03-08 14:38:40)
    Hi Anila, First of all, thanks for pointing out the error. The word, ‘process’ I meant filtering of the content, cleaning of the jar and pat drying the jar. I corrected it in the blog now. If you do not filter the content for the next 2 or 3 days, a layer of sediments will settle down on the surface, hence you won’t get the clear wine. The last point, stirring the mixture for every 21 days, this we do when making Grape Wine. I have written the last point based on my previously made Grape Wine. It was accidentally included there. The last point I have removed now. Thanks once again. Seena
  • Sharleena (2017-01-03 22:39:59)
    Something new to me Seena. I am interested and will definitely try this one.
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-21 21:50:31)
    oh really? Try out this and you will be so happy to taste the outcome Sharleena..
  • Ritu (2016-12-05 14:55:53)
    Hi, Very good looking wine. A must try.
    Seena Koshy (2016-12-05 21:12:18)
    Thanks Ritu.. Go ahead.. :)
  • Renuka (2016-12-05 13:18:01)
    Never thought of Wine from Chapakka. Shall definitely try and let you know
    Seena Koshy (2016-12-05 13:25:01)
    Thanks Renuka.. Go ahead and lemme know how it turned out too.. :)
  • Archana (2016-12-04 20:02:34)
    I have always been interested in trying to make wine, but was not quite brave enough to attempt it. Hope I can do it.
    Seena Koshy (2016-12-04 20:28:54)
    Archana, you can do it, if you think you can. Go ahead and all the best.. =D
  • Anitha (2016-12-04 17:05:17)
    Wine looks good. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try out this.
    Seena Koshy (2016-12-04 17:18:59)
    Thanks a lot Anitha.. Ok. All the best.. :)

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