Locally made Nigerian drinks – Here is a list of healthy Nigerian drinks.
Nigerians are known for their creativity and variety which is also found in their drinks. Nigeria has many ethnic groups which have local drinks peculiar to them. These drinks range from fruit juices to milk and brews. Nigerians are known to appreciate their local drinks especially due to the high levels of nutrients in most of these drinks. Popular local drinks in Nigeria include:
Locally made Nigerian drinks
- Kunu: Kunu is a fermented non-alcoholic drink from the northern part of Nigeria. It is a very popular drink among the Nigerians. It has a milky texture and termed as “Nigeria’s Irish cream.” Kunu is made from millet and is best consumed within a few hours of production. Kunu has a different variety such as kunu zaki (its main ingredient is millet), kunu Gyada (its main ingredient is groundnut, sometimes sprinkled with rice), and kunu aya (made with tiger nuts, dates, and coconut). It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
- Palm wine: Probably, this is the most popular local drink in Nigeria, as it is consumed by almost all the ethnic and tribal groups in Nigeria. It also plays a vital role in celebrations as it is used to carry out several rites. It is gotten from different species of palm trees such as raphia palms, the oil palm, Palmyra, and coconut palm. It is popularly called tombo or pammy.
- Zobo: This is a Nigerian non-alcoholic drink. The popularity of this drink cuts across all Nigerian ethnic groups. It is made from dry ingredients such as red calyces and sepal of the roselle plant (hibiscus sabdariffa) which is commonly known as zobo leaves. Other ingredients used for zobo drink include ginger, garlic, pineapples, water, chilli flakes, orange, lemon, sugar syrup or concentrated juice powder, and sometimes honey. It has a lot of health benefits including reducing high blood pressure, helps in digestion, and promotes a healthy urinary tract.
- Burukutu: This drink is peculiar to ethnic groups around the middle belt region of Nigeria. It is made from fermented sorghum and other protein enriched grains. The traditional way of producing this local drink include malting, mashing, and fermentation.
- Local Chapman: This drink is a combination of some other popular drinks like orange juice, Fanta, sprite. Other ingredients like lime, lemon, pineapple, cucumber, grenadine syrup, Angostura aromatic bitter or Alomo bitters are also added to this local mix. Some prefer the non-alcoholic type while others prefer to mix alcohol.
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- Pito: This is a local fermented alcoholic drink from the northern part of Nigeria. It is produced from the grains of guinea corn including sorghum vulgare and sorghum bicolor. It is a by-product of burukutu as it is often filtered off from the top. Its alcoholic content is high like many local drinks.
- Groundnut milk drink: Groundnuts are rich in protein. The groundnut milk is made from raw groundnuts and cool water. It is made by peeling raw groundnuts, blending with water, and straining it. It can also be made by boiling the blended skinless raw groundnuts in little water. Boiling is preferred for the purpose of eliminating aflatoxins which are present in raw foods. Groundnut milk is very rich in protein.
These drinks are found to be popular amongst Nigerians. Another drink to be listed above is the soy milk commonly known as soya milk. It is very high in protein. But many people don’t like the after taste of it.