How to make Coconut Wine at Home.
Toddy also know as palm wine is extracted and collected by toddy tappers, but now it’s very difficult to find fresh toddy because there are no tappers like before who would like to do this job. So just to make it easy for the toddy lovers, I have demonstrated on how to make Toddy at home with coconut water.
Just before starting with the written instructions on how to make Toddy from Coconut water, I would like to give an insight on palm trees, Coconut palm and Date palm in specific. So this article will be super informative for the nature lovers out there. So stick around.
As per research there are 2600 species of palm trees and majority of them are grown in warm sunny and sub tropical regions. Humid climates are the best for palm trees, which is why they are grown abundantly around coastal areas.However there are a few varieties of palms which can survive in cold climates.
The lifetime of the palm tree depends on its species. On an average it can live between 70 to 100 years depending on the environment in which they are been grown.
Coconut palm trees
The most common palms trees are the Coconut and Date palms. Coconut palms trees are found in the coastal regions. There is a vast variety in Coconut palm which include Chowghat Orange dwarf coconut tree, Malayan dwarf coconut tree, Macapuno coconut tree, Fiji dwarf coconut tree, King coconut tree, East coast tall coconut tree, West coast tall coconut tree, Mayan coconut tree, etc.
Date palm trees
Date palms are very common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, which include Dwarf date palm tree, Mangrove date palm tree, Date palm tree, Ceylon date palm tree, Indian date palm tree, Pygmy date palm tree, etc just to name a few.
How are palm trees Identified ?
Palms trees are usually identified by the distinctive shape of the fronds (leaves) The other way to identify them is by the shape of the trunks, some have long trunks and some have fat and short trunks while others have ringed and bumpy trunks. There are other trunks that are covered in fibre that make the trunk look hairy.
Benefits and Uses of Palm trees.
Palm trees are often referred to as “The tree of life,” because every part of the palm tree is useful in one way or the other and have proven to have many uses to human.
The leaves of the palm trees are used to make thatch roofs for compost bins, chicken coops, garden sheds. In some villages this leaves are use to cover the house roof, which is taken down every year before the monsoons and replaced with the same source of palm fronds (leaves)
The husk of a coconut has long fibres, which can be woven into ropes, durable mats and rugs. The tough fibres of the coconut husk are used to make scrubbing brushes and brooms.
Trunks of coconut palm are slender and can grow to a height of over 70 feet, which can be used as timber to make houses, furniture, boats, canoes, etc.
The roots of the coconut palm tree can be used to treat gall bladder and urinary infections and can cure kidney related diseases. It can be used to treat skin diseases too.
Now let’s get into details of toddy tapping because that’s what the recipe in this article is all about.
Palm Toddy tapping
The first step for toddy tapping is to beat the flower for three days and on the fourth day the flower is cut to allow the sap to drain. An earthen container is tied to its end to collect the sap that oozes juice which is called Neera. The sap is extracted from the inflorescence of various spices of toddy palm.
Neera is extremely fresh and has a sweet taste. It is proven to be a healthy drink, since it is rich in vitamin C and has more calories than milk. It can fights diabetes, cancer and even hair loss. Whereas toddy is also from the same source. Neera becomes toddy within a few hours of extraction and has alcoholic content of five to eight percent.
Now a days it’s hard to find fresh coconut toddy, so I have made toddy with coconut water. It won’t be as tasty as the fresh toddy but it does the job perfectly fine. So let’s dive into the process of making toddy.
Home made Toddy with Coconut water – Video
How to make Homemade Toddy with Coconut Water (Written Recipe)
Homemade Toddy with Coconut Water.
- Mixing bowl
- Glass Jar
- 700 ml Coconut water
- 1/4 Cup Luke warm water (60 ml)
- 3 Tsp Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Dry Yeast
- Take luke warm water in a container, add sugar to it and mix until sugar dissolves.
- Add dry yeast, mix and set it aside for 15 minutes.
- Take coconut water in another glass jar or a narrow top opening container.
- Then pour the dry yeast mixture into the coconut water.
- Mix well
- Cover the opening of the jar with a muslin cloth, tie and seal it with a thread or rubber band and keep it aside for 24 hours.
- The next day, strain the coconut water mixture.
- Homemade toddy is ready. Consume within 2 days.
- For best results use fresh coconut water.
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