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Palm Wine: A Neglected Traditional Alcoholic Beverage Consumed In Rural And Marginalized Areas Of Tropical Africa

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Alfred Maroyi



Livelihood needs; Ecosystem goods and services; Hyphaene petersiana; Hyphaene coriacea; ilala palm wine; traditional knowledge; tropical Africa



Hyphaene petersiana and H. coriacea are palm species traditionally used to produce alcoholic beverage known as ilala palm wine. The potential of H. coriacea and H. petersiana as food plants, and sources of ecosystem goods and services in tropical Africa were reviewed. The literature relevant to the study was obtained from scientific databases such as PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect and SciFinder. In addition, complementary information was gathered from pre-electronic sources such as books, theses and scientific articles obtained from the University library. Hyphaene coriacea and H. petersiana are multipurpose species, serving as sources of food, herbal medicines, income, crafts, fodder and ecological benefits to local communities that depend on the species as sources of livelihood needs. This study represents a holistic view on multiple ecosystem goods and services that can be derived from plant species such as H. coriacea and H. petersiana. Since H. coriacea and H. petersiana are important to food security, ecological and provisioning roles throughout the distributional range of the species, there is need therefore, to diversify crops in the arable agricultural systems to include these two lesser known and underutilized species in order to strengthen the economic, food and ecological networks of local communities.



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