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June 28, 2007


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The local blueberries on the East coast are just coming into their own now. New Jersey is famous for them, but the small wild Maine blues are surprisingly sweet. There is nothing like a fresh blueberry muffin or coffee cake.

Nothing like grappa, either. I've heard, Simona, that it is very, very strong, even for those who are accustomed to serious drinking. Is this true? I can't imagine what it tastes like and I'm too timid to try it.


LOL! Mirtilli on steroids? I like that description. I think that's great you're planting this in your garden, too. What a wonderful garden you have!


Simona Carini

I agree that there is nothing like a fresh blueberry muffin or coffee cake. I went to the site of the National Institute of Grappa and verified that the alcohol content of grappa is minimum 37.5% volume. Grappa from certain areas must have 40% minimum. Grappa al mirtillo tends to have a lower alcohol content, because of the fruit. The site mentioned above addresses your question, Susan, and says that the alcohol content of grappa places it at the same level with brandy.
Paz, I was out in the garden this morning and took a couple of pictures, then added them to a photo album: I hope you'll like them. now I am off to the farmers' market where I will also get my apron.


Could you please give me the link to your photo album, again? Thanks!


Simona Carini

Hi Paz: you can follow the link 'on this page' inside the post or the link Humboldt Garden I just added on the sidebar. I will add more photos as the season progresses.


Perfect! Thanks!



Ahhh! So that's what growing blueberries look like. Very nice!

Thanks for posting the link.


Zee NOble

Where can I buy this liqueur in LOndon?



Simona Carini

I looked around on the web and this place appears to sell mirto: http://www.olivorestaurants.com/cgi-bin/olivo/olivino.html?name=olivino-welcome
They also have different kinds of grappa, though I could not see any with blueberries.
This is a Sardinian restaurant in London: http://www.tenore-restaurant.co.uk/
They may be able to provide you with useful information.

Loris Isais

Visiting Italy in March and on a fact finding mission. We have started a blueberry farm in Illinois and are interested in making wine, I am going to Rome, Florence and visiting family in Positano hoping to get more insight on blueberries and liqueur with the amazing Amalfi coast citrus.

Simona Carini

Congratulations on your new blueberry farm, Loris. Your plans for the upcoming trip to Italy sound exciting. I hope you find out everything you need and also have time to enjoy the cities, beautiful Positano and your family there. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment: I always appreciate to hear from my readers :)

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