Monday, 24 April 2017
What is "sima"? It is mead. The origin of the word itself means a drink made of honey. Already vikings made it and drank as a wine or beer like people drink today. They believed it rose up the fighting spirit! No doubt about it that they were right indeed!
In Finland they have been making mead from 1700's in the way we still do it. Some housewives may have their very own secret recipe for it. But it used to be only rich people's privilege because sugar and honey were extremely expensive which ordinary people usually could not afford. Starting from 1800's sugar started to be more common and the meaning of honey decreased an sugar started to be more popular in making the mead. And when ordinary people could afford the mead making it started to be connected to the working class celebration at May Day. It hardly contains alcohol so even toddlers can drink it.
Hop plant (Humulus lupulus) is used when making traditional mead. By The Middle Ages workers' daily wage included 3 liters of beer. Finland had no such production of hop plants so they needed to import it which was expensive. At 1347 they wrote the law where they ordered the hop plants had to be planted and if not the fines had to be paid and still plant it. They had to plant every year 40 roots so that at the end each house had 200 hop plants; even more if possible.
I have 4 hop masts in MyGarden. Approximately 12 hop plants form out them. But I don't need to pay fines because the law was taken down on 1915! The cultivation of hop started to go down by 1850 when breweries changed their methods when the hop import ban was taken down. I found MyHops from this bewildered and rank garden when we bought this old house built at 1947 after TheWars. Traditionally hop was still planted for houses' own use. Even sprites were believed to live in hop gardens.
Well, I use IKEAs 10 liters kettle. It was cheap enough when I bought it. Not too high for me to use. And so I don't need to buy new bucket every year. Yes, you can wash up buckets too but mine always end up into the garden so this is more practical in MyHouse and eco-friendly too.
So, now we just wait!