We love tea and we love champagne but sometimes you need to go back to your roots. Different parts of Nigeria celebrate drinks local to them that we can all enjoy. Here are a few we think you should try.
Palm Wine is the most popular local drink consumed throughout Nigeria. Its popularity transcends recreational drinking. Palm wine also plays an important role at traditional ceremonies. The drink is an alcoholic beverage derived from sap in various species of palm trees. Once the sap is tapped from the trees, it is left to ferment and becomes alcoholic. Palm wine is a great source of iron. It improves vision, prevents cancer growth and is beneficial to the reproductive system.
Zobo is a popular mauve colored cocktail that is consumed all over Nigeria. The main ingredient are dried red calyces and sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa). The other ingredients include garlic, ginger, pineapple, water and sometimes honey, ginger, chilli flakes, orange, lemon and sugar syrup. Because of the ingredients, the health benefits are considerable: reducing high blood pressure, aiding digestion, fostering weight loss and treating coughs and colds.
Kunu is a non-alcoholic fermented drink popular in the northern part of Nigeria. There are two varieties; Kunu Zyaki, made with millet, and Kunu Gyada, made with either maize or groundnut. Kunu Zyaki is usually light brown while Kunu Gyada is milky white. Kunu is rich in protein, magnesium and potassium and high in fiber content.
This is Nigeria’s local vodka. Ogogoro is derived from either palm wine or ripe plantain and the active ingredient is ethanol. The alcohol content can range from 30-60% and should therefore be drunk with care. Even some of its names are telling of the effect it has on people: ‘Craze man in the bottle’, ‘Push Me, I Push You’ and ‘I for don marry’’.
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