|Tuba. Source: Dhruvarahjs|
Typically, the sap is collected by a tapper. In this case, a swift Filipino guy climbs the palm tree and fastens a container to an unopened coconut bud to collect the sap. The freshly gathered sap is sweet. After fermentation, the sap becomes a bittersweet, alcoholic beverage. An average tree produces about a gallon of sap each day. In some parts of the Philippines, tuberculosis patients are encouraged to drink tuba to lessen the effects of the disease. I have to confirm this but I've read that babies are nursed with tuba in Bantayan, Cebu... drunk babies. Why not, right?
|Swift Filipino Guy. Source: Richard Parker|
Anyways, I hope I'll get a chance to try this soon and I'll write more about it. More reason to get a drink :)
Here is an interesting read: Tuba Ready to Conquer World Markets
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Or, watch this video below of Jeremy having his first drink.