Rose Myrtle Garden
Alcohol made from rose myrtle is a famed specility of Phu Quoc call Sim Wine. Rose myrtle blooms all year round and the biggest blossom falls in Lunar January. You are able to wander around the rose myrtle garden, pick some flower and fruit to have a taste of nature.
Rose myrtle tree
The rose myrtle tree grows wild in the forests of Phu Quoc Island and bear flower and fruit all year round however manufacturers claim that the Sim collected during the spring yields the sweetest fruit and provides the best raw materials for making Sim wine. This plant is fire adapted and significantly re-sprouts after burning and herbicide application. Rose Myrtle can tolerate some frosts and low salinity. It flowers prolifically in spring, and regeneration occurs through seed drop but not vegetatively. The fruits are edible and seeds are therefore distributed by birds and animals.
Local myrtle wine
Another specialty of the island is the Rose Myrtle Fruit Wine (or Sim Wine), which is actually quite drinkable compared to the other local wine that contains a wild mixture of herbs and sometimes snakes resembling the taste of kerosene. The Myrtle wine is a slightly sweet tasting wine similar to alcoholic blackcurrant juice that has a violet colour and smells of the sim fruit or tomentose rose myrtle fruit from which is made. The sim fruit grows wild on the island, and due to rising demand and prices many farmers are now growing the tomentose rose myrtle fruit to contribute to the wine production.
You can pick up a bottle at local stores, it’s worth a try , it’s far cheaper than most of the imported wines. The wine is also good for digestion, though we’re still testing this theory.