Cuisine: Nigerian

Alasa, also known as Agbalumo, Udara or African star apple (Chrysophyllum albidum) was a popular fruit of my childhood. In Ghana, Alasa is the popular name given to the African star apple. The fruit is often found in markets or displayed on trays by vendors on roadsides in Southern Ghana between October to January when they are in season. The fruit is also popular in other West African countries like Nigeria where they are know as Agbalumo or Udara. The Alasa fruit has a sweet and sour flavour. The inspiration to turn this fruit into a home made lassi came from a trip to Bangladesh and hanging out in London’s Brick Lane, a hub of all things curries and Indian lassi drinks. Lassi drinks are drinks made of blended yoghurt, spices, water and fruit. A quick search on google revealed no Alasa or African star apple lassi so this I know is unknown territory, but one filled with the excitement that only creativity and originality brings. The result of this drink was a marvel. It tasted sweet but with a slightly biting and sour aftertaste, just like the fruit itself. What amazed me, however, was that this drink was made alongside a mango lassi drink at a small get together. The Alasa drink or lassi won hands down as guests finished it way before the mango lassi. Alasa - African Star Apple Alasa Cut Alasa ready for peeling and de-seeding Alasa Removing Seeds to leave Sweet white part Alasa Red and White bits of Alasa Alasa - African Star Apple Alasa, Ice cubes, Ginger Juice and Natural Yoghurt Alasa Lassi Drink Alasa (African Star Apple) Lassi drink

Alasa (African Star Apple) Lassi Drink

Alasa, also known as Agbalumo, Udara or African star apple (Chrysophyllum albidum) was a popular fruit of my childhood. In Ghana, Alasa is the popular name given to the African star apple. The result of this drink was a marvel. It tasted sweet but with a slightly biting and sour aftertaste, just like the fruit itself.


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Ginger drink West Africa

West African Ginger Drink

The ubiquitous home-made West African ginger drink can be found in most West African cities and towns in creative recycled vegetable-oil bottles. The strength of these West African ginger drinks is not to be sniffed at. They pack a punch and can be served chilled or with ice.