Image title:Pombe Brewing  (1864)
Pombe, Tembo, and Máwá (traditional beer and wine)
People in every part of the world have their traditional alcohol.  Throughout lower-Saharan Africa home-made beer and wine are very common, especially in small villages  and rural areas.  (The distinction between beer and wine is this: beer  is brewed, i.e., it must be heated before fermentation; wine is  fermented without heat—though the terms are sometimes used as if they  are interchangable.)  Traditional African beers are made from various  kinds of millet, sorghum,   corn (i.e., maize), or  plantains.  Some of  the names of these traditional beers are: Pombe (Eastern Africa); Dolo, Burukutu, Pito, Shukutu, and Tchakpalo (Western Africa); Bouza (Egypt, Ethiopia); and Merisa (Sudan).
Wine,  that is, Palm-wine, called Tembo or Tombo is made from the sap of  various palm trees (usually the African Oil Palm or Coconut Palm), or  sugar-cane juice.  Once the sap or juice is obtained, it begins to  ferment on its own.  It must be consumed within a day or two before it  becomes too sour.  A sort of wine is also made from  plantains
Image Source: Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile.
Author:Speke, John Hanning, 1827-1864Source Description: 2 p. .,[ix]-xxx, [31]-590 p. illus., 2 ports. 2 maps (1 fold.) 25 cm. Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Image title:Pombe Brewing (1864)

Pombe, Tembo, and Máwá (traditional beer and wine)

People in every part of the world have their traditional alcohol. Throughout lower-Saharan Africa home-made beer and wine are very common, especially in small villages and rural areas. (The distinction between beer and wine is this: beer is brewed, i.e., it must be heated before fermentation; wine is fermented without heat—though the terms are sometimes used as if they are interchangable.) Traditional African beers are made from various kinds of millet, sorghum, corn (i.e., maize), or plantains. Some of the names of these traditional beers are: Pombe (Eastern Africa); Dolo, Burukutu, Pito, Shukutu, and Tchakpalo (Western Africa); Bouza (Egypt, Ethiopia); and Merisa (Sudan).

Wine, that is, Palm-wine, called Tembo or Tombo is made from the sap of various palm trees (usually the African Oil Palm or Coconut Palm), or sugar-cane juice. Once the sap or juice is obtained, it begins to ferment on its own. It must be consumed within a day or two before it becomes too sour. A sort of wine is also made from plantains

Image Source: Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile.

Author:Speke, John Hanning, 1827-1864

Source Description: 2 p. .,[ix]-xxx, [31]-590 p. illus., 2 ports. 2 maps (1 fold.) 25 cm. 

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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