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6 Local Ghanaian Drinks You Need to Taste

Ghanaian local drinks are a fascinating and delicious way to explore the rich culture and traditions of Ghana.

Ghanaian local drinks are a fascinating and delicious way to explore the rich culture and traditions of Ghana. Made from natural ingredients such as fruits, grains, herbs, and nuts, these drinks offer a range of unique and refreshing flavors that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. What’s more, local beverages are considered healthier as they are not processed or mixed with chemicals like foreign brands.

Let’s delve deeper into the world of Ghanaian local drinks and explore how they are made and the specific health benefits of each one.

Zomkom

Zomkom is a fermented beverage made from sorghum, a type of cereal grain. Zomkom is popular in northern Ghana and other parts of West Africa, where it is served cold as a thirst-quencher and energy source. Zomkom is made by soaking millet in water for a night, then milling and mixing them with water, sugar, and spices, such as ginger, cloves, and grains of selim. The mixture is then strained and bottled.

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Zomkom is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and polyphenols, which may help prevent and treat inflammation, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Sobolo

Also known as bissap or roselle juice, is a drink made from the dried flowers of the roselle plant, a variety of hibiscus. Sobolo is common in many West African countries and the Caribbean, where it is known as sorrel.

Usually prepared by simmering the hibiscus leaves in water, then adding sugar and other flavorings, such as ginger, pineapple juice, or mint leaves. It is mostly served chilled and overly admired in Ghanaian society.

Rich in vitamin C, this drink offers potential benefits for immune system support and fight infections. Additionally, it’s believed to possess properties that could aid in regulating blood pressure,  and possibly preventing urinary tract infections, potentially contributing to its diuretic, and antimicrobial qualities.

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Brukina

Brukina served in a bowl

Brukina, a traditional West African beverage alternatively known as ‘nunu’ or ‘duger,’ is a fermented beverage derived from the combination of millet and cow milk.

This nourishing drink is enriched with essential nutrients, including magnesium, calcium, manganese, tryptophan, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B, and antioxidants. The addition of a subtle amount of sugar and salt contributes to its distinctive flavor profile, while the incorporation of peanuts enhances its overall taste.

Ice Kenkey

The popular Ghanaian smoothie is made from fermented cornmeal.  Kenkey is a staple food in Ghana, especially in the southern regions, where it is usually served with pepper sauce and fried fish. However, the Fante kenkey is preferred when preparing Ice kenkey. It’s made by blending it with water, sugar, milk, and ice. Some also add peanuts or other nuts for extra crunch and flavor. Ice Kenkey has a sweet, nutty taste and a smooth creamy texture.

Ice Kenkey is a high-fiber snack that can help prevent constipation and promote satiety. However, it is advisable to buy ice kenkey from reputable vendors or make it at home under hygienic conditions.

Tiger nut Drink

Tiger nuts, also known as chufa, yellow nutsedge, or earth almonds, are not actually nuts, but edible tubers that grow underground. Tiger nuts are native to West Africa and have been cultivated and consumed for centuries. It can be eaten raw, dried, or boiled, with a chewy texture and a sweet, coconut-like flavor. Tiger nuts can also be ground into flour, or blended with water and strained to make tiger nut milk or juice.

It is believed that Tiger nuts may aid in digestion and weight loss.  It also  enhances blood flow to sexual organs as well.

Ginger drink

The ginger drink is a beverage made from fresh lemon, ginger, cloves and water. Ginger is a spice that has been used for thousands of years, both as a flavoring in foods and a natural remedy for various ailments. The juice can be made by boiling ginger slices or powder in water, and then cooling and straining the liquid. Lemon juice and honey can be added to enhance the taste and health benefits of the drink.

The Ginger drinks can be served hot or cold, depending on the preference and the weather. Ginger drinks have many potential health benefits. The drink helps reduce inflammation, pain, nausea, colds, and infections.

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