Recently I traveled far to spend some quality time with some farmers. and i was encouraged to follow them to one of their daily routine business.”Palm wine Tapping” so lovely adventure and the traditional way of tapping the sap was unique.
palm wine: is the sap of palm tree (family Palmae) obtained as the fermentation product of a 24-28 hours tapping; carried out by local palm wine tappers as seen across West Africa. Due to its near-global popularity, palm wine is known by a variety of names in different countries including “Emu” in Nigeria (Yoruba), “Matango,” “Fitchuk,” and “Mbu” in Cameroon, “Doka” in Ghana, “Toddy” in India, “Lambanog” in the Phillipines, and “Panam culloo” in China, just to name a few. Traditionally, palm wine is deeply rooted in West African culture and traditions and thus is the most frequently consumed alcoholic beverage. It is enjoyed at birth celebrations, at funeral wakes, and plays an integral role during traditional marriage ceremonies.
Palm wine is commonly thought to be a very nourishing drink which promotes lactation, treats conjunctivitis, and improves eyesight. African traditional healers often infuse palm wine with medicinal herbs to produce a wide variety of remedies. Palm wine is high in amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. It also has considerable levels of vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. Unfermented palm wine is a good source of healthy nutrients that helps to build and repair tissues in our body.
Palm wine production by small holders and individual farmers may promote conservation as palm trees become a source of regular household income that may economically be worth more than the value of timber sold
Below is a breakdown of some of the health benefits of palm wine (palm tree sap). Palm wine helps with:
- Blood pressure
- Slows aging
- Prevents cancer
- Symptoms of malaria
- Promotes skin and hair health
There are also word-of-mouth reports that palm wine helps with male erection. In West African culture, palm wine is credited for increasing sperm in men and breast milk production in women.