The rose myrtle tree grows wild the forests of Phu Quoc Island and bear flower and fruit all year round however manufactures claim that the Sim collected during the spring yields the sweetest fruit and provides the best raw materials for making Sim wine. This plants is fire adapted and significantly re-sprouts after buring 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 eible and seeds are therefore distributed by birds and animals.
Where to buy Sim Wine?
Sim Wine costs anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 VND ($5-$10.00 USD) depending on the quality and brand. You can purchase the wine at many shops around Dong Duong town and a few specialty shops near long beach. Some of these stores are:
BAY GAO STORE (original producer of this wine with Vietnam goverment seal of approval)
Address: 124 30/4 Street, Duong Dong Town
VUON TAO Restaurant (Also produces this wine)
Address: Cua Lap hamlet, Duy To commune
Address: 92 Tran Hung Street, Duong Dong Town (near long beach)