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Six Natural Brewed Nigerian Drinks To Try Out

By Chinelo Eze
20 April 2022   |   2:45 pm
Nigerian society has a social culture that involves wining and dining like other cultures. Drinks are vital aspects of these chit chat sessions. These drinks could be manufactured, or freshly brewed and sourced naturally from the environment. If you are not a keen drinker and would rather opt for more natural made drinks, here are…

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Nigerian society has a social culture that involves wining and dining like other cultures. Drinks are vital aspects of these chit chat sessions. These drinks could be manufactured, or freshly brewed and sourced naturally from the environment.

If you are not a keen drinker and would rather opt for more natural made drinks, here are several local brews and drinks to try when in Nigeria.

1. Zobo

This red popping drink has stood the test of time in many Nigerian homes. Zobo is a healthy non-alcoholic drink made from hibiscus flowers of the roselle plant. From the flowers come the deep red colour it is known for. It can be made in many ways using ginger, garlic, fresh-cut sweet fruits to act as a sweetener or the regular sweeteners sold. Research shows that the hibiscus leaves used in making this refreshing drink lower blood pressure. When served with a sumptuous meal, you can’t go wrong with the refreshing Zobo drink. 

2. Kunu

This rich creamy and high nutrient drink is another to try out. Kunu is a drink predominantly done by the Northerners in Nigeria and it is made with cereals like millet, coconut, dates, groundnut and ginger for extra savour. There are three variants of this drink; kunu aya, kunu zaki and kunu gyada. The high dose of nutrients helps lower the risks of diabetes and reduces cholesterol levels while the fibre found in it aids proper digestive functioning. 

3. Palm Wine

The palm wine drink has to be on the list of drinks to try. Palm wine has shaped Nigerian society while contributing to jolly communication. Palm wines are tapped from palm trees and do not need human beings to make them from scratch. Palm wine is white in colour and rich in yeast which is a great source for the eyes. It is best enjoyed fresh because, with intense fermentation, it becomes alcoholic.

Fura De Nono. Photo: Telande World

4. Adoyo

The main source of adoyo is pineapple and pap(made from corn). Adoyo which is pap paired with pineapple improves the sour taste that naturally comes with pap.

5. Burukutu

This is usually taken by the elders due to its alcohol content from fermenting and is made from sorghum and can be mixed with other grains. When the sorghum ferments it also involves boiling. The distillation process is extensive and worth your taste buds as you can get it from a vendor and not have to make it yourself.

6. Fura da Nono

From the heart of Northern Nigeria is another drink called fura da nono. This nutritious drink is made from millet, fura, and fermented cow milk (nono). Fura da nono is similar to the consistency of yoghurt but can be lumpy from the fermentation process. The millet used is grounded and set to low heat before the milk is added to it. Other ingredients like ginger and pepper can be added to heighten the taste.