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5 Traditional African Drinks to Invest Your Money

Do you want to invest in the winery industry? Africa has some local drinks that can help you make a massive investment with cheap labour. While most Africans consume foreign wines, many are not aware of the gold mine in their environment when it comes to wine. 


Here is a list of the local drinks you can use to earn money:

Banana wine

The banana wine is a clear and slightly sparkling alcoholic beverage. Depending on the type of quantity of sugar added and yeast, there may be differences in the alcohol percentage and sweetness of the final product.

The banana wine and banana beer are quite similar in their production process as they are made from the fermentation of mashed bananas. 

However, unlike the banana beer, the process of fermentation for the banana wine takes a longer period which results in a longer shelf life than the banana beer which has a shorter shelf life and cannot be kept for a long period. As a result of the long shelf life of the banana wine, it is more profitable in commercial production and that makes it a good prospect for exportation to local and foreign markets.

Palm wine

In many regions of West and Central Africa, palm wine is a well-known traditionally made beverage that is consumed by millions of people in both regions.  

Palm wine is known by different names in various countries in Africa. In Nigeria, palm wine is commonly known as ‘Pami’, ‘Emu’ and ‘Nkwu’, ‘Nsfufuo’ in Ghana, ‘Matango’ in Cameroon, and ‘Nsamba’ in Congo. 

The drink is produced from the fermentation of the sap of different palm trees. It has a lovely presence with a sweet taste Palm wine is of great cultural identity and significance and is mostly preferred when it comes to traditional ceremonies, occasions, festivals, introduction, and events like weddings and funerals. 

Millet, Sorghum and Corn beer

Millet, sorghum, and corn are key ingredients in making beer. Although there are different recipes for making this beer, African beer is popular in different countries in Africa. In Nigeria, it is known as ‘pito’ or‘burukutu’, ‘dolo’ in Burkina Faso, ‘bili bili’ in Cameroon, ‘merissa’ in Sudan, and ‘chibuku’ or ‘umqombothi’ in different parts of Southern Africa.

Most African beers produced usually contain sediments of partially fermented sorghum, millet, or maize and are regarded as opaque beers, unlike barley-based beers which are popular in foreign countries. As a result of the abundant production of millet, sorghum, and corn in Africa, African beer is relatively cheaper than the foreign beers produced with imported hops and barley. 

In the production process of the African beer, a high sorghum base produces a much darker beer while a high proportion of corn produces a lighter-toned beer with a softer flavor. Recipes for brewing several forms of African beer are usually passed from one generation to another.

Honey Wine

One of the oldest forms of wind is honey wine. It is popularly known in Europe, Asia, and Africa. However, as a result of the significant decline in the population of bees in Europe, European honey has become scarce and there is no large-scale production of honey wine in the West.

In other developing regions of the world and Europe, honey wine has become a novelty drink. It is also the most sort for a drink by a large number of people who would like to take something new or different from the regular grape wines. African-made honey wines make a good value for money in both local and international markets.