Saturday, October 2, 2010

Palm Wine (11)

These pictures are the property of Tom Neuhaus. You may use each as displayed on this site for free; please attribute the source (Tom Neuhaus, Project Hope and Fairness). For higher resolution, you can purchase the original for $5. To do this, visit and click the Donate button. Donate $5 per picture and then email me ( what pictures you want and I will send them back to you. Thank you in advance for donating cocoa farming tools to West African cocoa farmers by purchasing a picture.

Or, a yummy way to help the West African cocoa farmer is to purchase chocolate from , Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates. Or, visit Splash Cafe. Splash Cafe and its sister business, Splash Cafe Artisan Bakery donate at least $2500 every summer to Project Hope and Fairness and make the trips possible.


These are pictures of how palm wine is extracted from the oil palm tree.

1) Banggi05.jpg
The tree is knocked over by severing the roots with a machete, the top is whacked off, and the pith is exposed by cutting away all the leaves. It is then covered with a piece of leaf. The farmer is uncovering the pith in order to extract more sap. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

2) Banggi12.jpg
Lighting a fire in the pith in order to draw out the sap. Cooking the pith helps produce a cleaner tasting banggi. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

3) Banggi11.jpg
Scraping the cooked face of the pith in order to stimulate movement of the sap. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

4) Banggi02.jpg
Collecting the sap in a used plastic container. The sap is good for about a day before the sugars are converted completely into alcohol or into vinegar. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

5) Banggi06.jpg
Pouring out the banggi. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

6) Banggi03.jpg
The Banggi maker enjoys his product. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

7) IMG_1469_Schnapps.jpg
Schnapps (palm wine liquor) still in Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007.

8) IMG_1472Schnapps.jpg
Schnapps (palm wine liquor) still in Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Another view. Note plastic tubing emerging from mucky pond. Yellow container is a previously used palm oil container.

9) P8110013.jpg
Schnapps (palm wine liquor) still in Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007.

10) Djahakro_Coutoucoui.jpg
Coutoucou in Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire; we drank this during the donations ceremony. It's distilled palm wine. Evariste, our first representative, calls coutoucou "African Breakfast". This is, of course, an African joke. But it also expresses reality because farmers work so hard and sometimes begin the day with something very bracing.

11) IMG_5825_PalmWine_med.jpg
Cutting the channel that the juices collect in.

No comments:

Post a Comment