Cassava Beer and Blueberry Juice? Alternative Drinks Increase in Popularity
Natural drinks are getting more exotic by the day. The South Africans are coming out with a beer made from cassava and the Swedes have blueberry juice made from 2,300 berries. Yum. While Blueberry juice has already hit shelves in the U.S., it is not yet common in Europe.
Cassava is a root vegetable which has been grown and eaten for years as a food staple by Africans. It has also been used to home brew illegal, and sometimes dangerous, alcohol. Now the big beer company SABMiller has come up with a new beer, called Impala, which is taken from old village recipes for the home brewed beer.
The beer will be made of 70% cassava and 30% barley. It will be sold in Mozambique, be 75% of the price of regular beer and the cassava will be purchased from small farmers and land owners. Because of the benefits to small farmers, the Mozambique government has agreed to reduce taxes on it. By creating markets for subsistence farmers, they can crease their productivity, feed their families and make some money.
Blueberries are considered to be a super-food: good for your health, lots of antioxidants. Blåbär 100% Wild Blue is made from freshly squeezed blueberries from the forests of the Bergslagen region in Sweden. Believe it or not, each bottle contains the juice of approximately 2,300 blueberries. You would think that they would run out of them...
The delicious juice isn't cheap: £5 a bottle (about $8), but it does taste like the essence of blueberries. It has been produced on land which the family has been farming since the mid 17th century. It was recently chosen as the red wine alternative at the June Swedish Royal Wedding of Princess Victoria of to Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.