Palm wine

 
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Tapping palm sap in East Timor.

Palm wine also called kallu(Tamil: கள்ளு), palm toddy, or simply toddy(Hindi: ताड़ी), is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms.[1][not in citation given]

This drink is common in various parts of Asia and Africa, and goes by various names, such as emu and oguro in Nigeria, nsamba in Democratic Republic of the Congo, nsafufuo in Ghana,[2] kallu in South India, matango in Cameroon tuak in North Sumatra, Indonesia, mnazi in Mijikenda, Kenya goribon (Rungus) in Sabah, Borneo, and tuba in the Philippines, Borneo and Mexico. In the Philippines, tubâ refers both to the freshly harvested sweetish sap and the one with the red lauan-tree tan bark colorant. In Leyte, the red tuba is aged for up to one to two years such that an echoing ring is made when a glass container is tapped[clarification needed]; this type of tubâ is called bahalina. Toddy is also consumed in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

On the one hand, production of palm wine may have contributed to the endangered status of some palm species such as the Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis).[3] On the other hand, 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.[4]

 

Tapping

The sap is extracted and collected by a tapper. Typically the sap is collected from the cut flower of the palm tree. A container is fastened to the flower stump to collect the sap. The white liquid that initially collects tends to be very sweet and non-alcoholic before it is fermented. An alternate method is the felling of the entire tree. Where this is practiced, a fire is sometimes lit at the cut end to facilitate the collection of sap. Palm wine tapping is mentioned in the novel Things Fall Apart by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe and is central to the plot of the groundbreaking novel The Palm Wine Drinkard by Nigerian author Amos Tutuola.

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Toddy collectors at work on Cocos nucifera palms

In parts of India, the unfermented sap is called neera (padaneer in Tamil Nadu) and is refrigerated, stored and distributed by semi-government agencies. A little lime is added to the sap to prevent it from fermenting. Neera is said to contain many nutrients including potash. Palm sap begins fermenting immediately after collection, due to natural yeasts in the pores of pot and air (often spurred by residual yeast left in the collecting container). Within two hours, fermentation yields an aromatic wine of up to 4% alcohol content, mildly intoxicating and sweet. The wine may be allowed to ferment longer, up to a day, to yield a stronger, more sour and acidic taste, which some people prefer. Longer fermentation produces vinegar instead of stronger wine.[5]

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Palm wine is collected, fermented and stored in calabashes in Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

In Africa, the sap used to create palm wine is most often taken from wild datepalms such as the silver date palm (Phoenix sylvestris), the palmyra, and the jaggery palm (Caryota urens), or from oil palm such as the African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineense) or from Raffia palms, kithul palms, or nipa palms. In India and South Asia, coconut palms and Palmyra palms such as the Arecaceae and Borassus are preferred. In southern Africa, palm wine (ubusulu) is produced in Maputaland, an area in the south of Mozambique between the Lobombo mountains and the Indian Ocean. It is mainly produced from the lala palm (Hyphaene coriacea) by cutting the stem and collecting the sap. In part of central and western Democratic Republic of the Congo, palm wine is called malafu. There are four types of palm wine in the central and southern DRC. From the oil palm comes ngasi, dibondo comes from the raffia palm, cocoti from the coconut palm, and mahusu from a short palm which grows in the savannah areas of western Bandundu and Kasai provinces.

In Tuvalu, the process of making toddy can clearly be seen with tapped palm trees that line Funafuti International Airport.

In some areas of India, palm wine is evaporated to produce the unrefined sugar called jaggery.

Distilled

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Local Distillation of Burukutu in Ghana

Palm wine may be distilled to create a stronger drink, which goes by different names depending on the region (e.g., arrack, village gin, charayam, and country whiskey). Throughout Nigeria, this is commonly called ogogoro. In parts of southern Ghana distilled palm wine is called akpeteshi or burukutu. In Togo and Benin it is called sodabe, in the Philippines it is called lambanog[disambiguation needed], while in Tunisia it is called Lagmi.

Social role

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A Modern Toddy tapper of southern India.

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A Billava Toddy Tapper of southern India.Circa 1909

In India, palm wine or toddy is served as either neera or padaneer (a sweet, non-alcoholic beverage derived from fresh sap) or kallu (a sour beverage made from fermented sap, but not as strong as wine).[6] Kallu is usually drunk soon after fermentation by the end of day, as it becomes more sour and acidic day by day. The drink, like vinegar in taste, is considered to have a short-lived shelf life.[clarification needed] However, it may be refrigerated to extend its life. Spices are added in order to brew and drink and give it its distinct taste.

In Karnataka, India, palm wine is usually available at toddy shops (known as Kalitha Gadang in Tulu, Kallu Dukanam in Telugu, Kallu Angadi in Kannada or “Liquor Shop” in English). In Tamil Nadu, this beverage is currently banned, though the legality fluctuates with politics. In the absence of legal toddy, moonshine distillers of arrack often sell methanol-contaminated alcohol, which can have lethal consequences. To discourage this practice, authorities have pushed for inexpensive “Indian Made Foreign Liquor” (IMFL), much to the dismay of toddy tappers.[citation needed]

In the state of Andhra Pradesh (India), toddy is a popular drink in rural parts. The kallu is collected, distributed and sold by the people of a particular caste called Settibalija or Goud or Gamalla (Goundla).[citation needed] It is a big business in the cities of those districts.[citation needed] In villages, people drink it every day after work.[citation needed]

There are two main types of kallu in Andhra Pradesh, namely Thadi Kallu (from Toddy Palmyra trees) and Eetha Kallu (from silver date palms). Eetha Kallu is very sweet and less intoxicating, whereas Thati Kallu is stronger (sweet in the morning, becoming sour to bitter-sour in the evening) and is highly intoxicating. People enjoy kallu right at the trees where it is brought down. They drink out of leaves by holding them to their mouths while the Goud pours the kallu from the binki (kallu pot). There are different types of toddy (kallu) according to the season: 1. poddathadu, 2. parpudthadu, 3. pandudthadu, and 4. mogadthadu.

Palm wine plays an important role in many ceremonies in parts of Nigeria such as among the Igbo (or Ibo) peoples, and elsewhere in central and western Africa. Guests at weddings, birth celebrations, and funeral wakes are served generous quantities. Palm wine is often infused with medicinal herbs to remedy a wide variety of physical complaints. As a token of respect to deceased ancestors, many drinking sessions begin with a small amount of palm wine spilled on the ground (Kulosa malafu in Kikongo ya Leta). Palm wine is enjoyed by men and women, although women usually drink it in less public venues.

In some parts of the Eastern Nigeria, the Igbo Land, Palm wine is called “Nkwu Elu” or “Mmanya Ocha” (white drink). For instance, in “Urualla” and other “ideator” towns, It’s used for traditional wedding. A young man who’s going for the first introduction at his inlaws is required to come with Palm wine. There are specific galons of palm wine required. it all depends on the custom of the various towns in some parts of the Igbo Land.

Culinary use

In the Indian state of Kerala, toddy is used in leavening (as a substitute for yeast) a local form of hopper called the vellai Appam. Toddy is mixed with rice dough and left over night to aid in fermentation and expansion of the dough causing the dough to rise overnight, making the bread soft when prepared. In Kerala, toddy is sold under a licence issued by the excise department and it is an industry having more than 50,000 employees with a welfare board under the labour department. It is also used in the preparation of a soft variety of Sanna, which is famous in the parts of Karnataka and Goa in India.

Consumption by animals

Some small pollinating mammals consume large amounts of fermented palm nectar as part of their diet, especially the southeast Asian pen-tailed treeshrew. The inflorescences of the bertam palm contain populations of yeast which ferment the nectar in the flowers to up to 3.8% alcohol (average: 0.6%). The treeshrews metabolize the alcohol very efficiently and do not appear to become drunk from the fermented nectar.[7]

Names

There are a variety of regional names for Palm wine:

State / Territory / Region Name used
22px Flag of Bangladesh.svg Palm wine Bangladesh তাড়ি taṛi, তাড়ু taṛu, tuak[8]
22px Flag of Cambodia.svg Palm wine Cambodia Tuk tnout choo[9]
22px Flag of Cameroon.svg Palm wine Cameroon mimbo,[10] matango, mbuh
22px Flag of the People%27s Republic of China.svg Palm wine People’s Republic of China 棕榈酒 (pronounced- zōng lǘ jiǔ)[11]
22px Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Palm wine Democratic Republic of the Congo malafu ya ngasi (Kikongo), masanga ya mbila (Lingala), vin de palme
22px Flag of Gabon.svg Palm wine Gabon toutou
22px Flag of The Gambia.svg Palm wine Gambia singer
22px Flag of Ghana.svg Palm wine Ghana doka, nsafufuo, palm wine, yabra, dεha (pronounced der ‘ha)
22px Flag of Guam.svg Palm wine Guam tuba
22px Flag of India.svg Palm wine India Kallu(കള്ള് – Kerala ),kali(Tulu speaking region of karnataka and kerala),kaLLu-ಕಳ್ಳು(Karnataka), Thati kallu తాటి కల్లు (Andhra Pradesh),(Tamil -கள்ளு-kallu) Tadi (Bihar, Assam), Tãḍi (ତାଡ଼ି) (Orissa), Taadi (Marathi), toddy,tuak,[8] Tari, neera, তাড়ি/তাড়ু taṛi/taṛu (West Bengal), Tadi (Charwada|Rola )
22px Flag of Indonesia.svg Palm wine Indonesia arak,[8] tuak in Indonesia. Especially in Batak region, North Sumatra, where the traditional bar serving tuak called lapo tuak. In South Sulawesi it is called balloʔ, and in North Sulawesi saguer.
22px Flag of Kenya.svg Palm wine Kenya Mnazi
22px Flag of Kiribati.svg Palm wine Kiribati Karawe
22px Flag of Libya.svg Palm wine Libya lāgbi [ˈlaːɡbi]. Used for both the alcoholic and nonalcoholic form.
22px Flag of Mali.svg Palm wine Mali bandji, sibiji, chimichama
22px Flag of Malaysia.svg Palm wine Malaysia kallu (கள்ளு), nira (Malay for fresh juice obtained from the blossom of the coconut, palm or sugar-palm, which can be made into sugar or the said palm wine, which is called tuak[8] in Sarawak), toddy (English), bahar (Kadazan/Dusun), goribon (Rungus)
22px Flag of Maldives.svg Palm wine Maldives Dhoaraa, Rukuraa, Meeraa
22px Flag of Myanmar.svg Palm wine Myanmar htan yay
22px Flag of Mexico.svg Palm wine Mexico tuba (garnished with peanuts)
22px Flag of Namibia.svg Palm wine Namibia omulunga, palm-wine
22px Flag of Nigeria.svg Palm wine Nigeria palm-wine, palmy, ukọt nsuñ, mmin efik, emu, oguro, tombo liquor, mmanya ngwo, nkwu enu
22px Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Palm wine Papua New Guinea segero, tuak
22px Flag of the Philippines.svg Palm wine Philippines tubâ,soom,[8] lambanog (distilled tubâ), bahal (Visaya)
22px Flag of South Africa.svg Palm wine South Africa ubusulu
22px Flag of Seychelles.svg Palm wine Seychelles kalou
22px Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Palm wine Sierra Leone poyo
22px Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Palm wine Sri Lanka Raa(Sinhala), kallu(Tamil), panam culloo[8]
22px Flag of East Timor.svg Palm wine Timor-Leste tuaka and tua mutin, brandy is called tua sabu
22px Flag of Tuvalu.svg Palm wine Tuvalu kaleve (unfermented), kao (fermented), or in English, toddy (unfermented), sour toddy (fermented)
22px Flag of Vietnam.svg Palm wine Vietnam rượu dừa;[8] ruou dua ; coconut wine
22px Flag of Algeria.svg Palm wine Algeria / 22px Flag of Tunisia.svg Palm wine Tunisia lāgmi [ˈlaːɡmi]. Used for both the alcoholic and nonalcoholic form

a Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.
b Marathi.

 

References

  1. ^ Rundel, Philip W. The Chilean Wine Palm in the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Newsletter, Fall 2002, Volume 5(4). Retrieved 2008-08-31
  2. ^ Toddy and Palm Wine – Practical Answers on the Practical Action website. Retrieved 2008-08-31
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Chilean Wine Palm: Jubaea chilensis, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
  4. ^ Confirel:Sugar Palm Tree – Conservation of natural heritage retrieved on 15 April 2012
  5. ^ Fermented and vegetables. A global perspective. Chapter 4
  6. ^ Toddy/Kallu and Neera/Padhaneer
  7. ^ Frank Wiens, Annette Zitzmann, Marc-André Lachance, Michel Yegles, Fritz Pragst, Friedrich M. Wurst, Dietrich von Holst, Saw Leng Guan, and Rainer Spanagel. Chronic intake of fermented floral nectar by wild treeshrews Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Published online before print 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-08-25
  8. ^ Gnarfgnarf:Palm wine, rice wine, grape wine, beers and other drinks and beverages of Cambodia, 9 April 2012, retrieved on 15 April 2012
  9. ^ Anchimbe – Creating New Names for Common Things in Cameroon English (I-TESL-J)
  10. ^ “English-Chinese Translation of “palm wine””. Websaru Dictionary. http://www.websaru.com/palm%20wine.html. Retrieved 20 January 2012.

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