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Palm Wine: God-made alcoholic beverage


Palm wine is an alcoholic natural beverage,  produced only from sap of a palm tree and usually found in rural areas near palm grooves and swampy areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) spoke with some palm wine tappers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They said and that its processing was unique and different from other types of wine.

Joseph Sabo, a palm wine tapper at Masaka Community in Nasawara State, near Abuja,  said that palm wine was naturally produced by God and kept for extraction from the palm tree.

According to him, there are two ways to extract the sap from the palm tree.

“Either you make a small cut at the stem, just below the head of the tree or you cut the head of the tree and allow it to lie for days.

“Then you insert a receptacle, a small bamboo tube, to extract the sap from the tree.”

Sabo said that the quantity of sap that was extracted from one palm tree depended on the mode of extraction. 

Although palm wine has a long history in African society, its popularity  can not be overemphasised.

Mr Chuks Madu, a palm wine tapper in Apo community, said the white liquid wine was of two types, the wine from the palm tree and that from a raffia tree.