Mbege ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ



  • ripened bananas
  • wooden barrel
  • powder of sprouted
  • bark from the quinine tree


Making mbege is a labor-intensive process that is traditionally reserved for women.ย These brewers first mash and boil ripened bananas, then leave the mixture to ferment in a wooden barrel until white bubbles appear on the surface.ย Once the bananas have fermented, they add a powder of sprouted, sun-dried finger millet along with bark from the quinine tree (msesewe).

The final flavor is pretty sweet, from all the bananas, with a slight bitter aftertaste from the quinine. The drink is often likened to something in between a wine and a beer.

Mbege ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ

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