The Northerners in Nigeria aren’t particularly known for their drinking but as it happens the North is home to not a few delicious Nigerian brews that will rock your tongue off and make you jump on a table and belt out “Sweet Mother” at the top of your lungs. Don’t believe us? Well we are Viva Naija and here are 5 Local brews you MUST try if you ever in Northern Nigeria:
1) Palm Wine:
This is probably the most popular locally made drink in Nigeria. This alcoholic beverage made from the sap of various palm trees is highly nutritious (OH YES!) and available in a variety of flavours from sweet to sour.
Don’t let the hard sounding name throw you. This local drink is the business! Made from fermented sorghum and other protein enriched grains, this alcoholic Northern brew will leave you smiling and dancing steps that haven’t even been invented yet
If you are reading this and you are of Spanish origin, please note that Pito here is referring NOT to male genitalia but rather to another popular fermented drink of Northern origin. As it happens, this drink is a sweetened variant and by product of Burukutu (see above). Pito is lighter, highly intoxicating and a cheap brew that won’t break your wallet.
Now so far the brews we have listed are all of the alcoholic- don’t- drink- and- drive- variety so if you do not do alcohol, you are in luck as the North is home to a delicious non alcoholic drink by the name of Kunu. It is a milky creamy looking millet based food drink. It is rich in protein (Gym enthusiasts take note), high in fiber and full of nourishing vitamins and more. Your tongue and body will sing your praises!
This non alcoholic mauve colored drink is a personal favorite of mine. It is not only delicious, it is highly nourishing as well. This hibiscus drink is bursting with high amounts of Vitamin C and has a ton of health benefits. It is actually useful for treating hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.
So that’s our list. Did we miss any out? What other delicious local Nigerian brews must you try if you are ever in the North? Tell us about it in the comments below. As always we are Viva Naija and we love you.
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