How to start Tiger Nut Drink Business in Nigeria.
Tiger nuts are roots that grow in the soil just like ginger and turmeric. But unlike ginger and turmeric, tiger nuts are sweet and very tasty like coconut. Tiger nuts in Nigeria are mostly found in the north.
They are very nutritious, and they contain healthy plant nutrients which out weighs those found in animals like cow milk, beef and oil found in animals.
I will be showing you how to start tiger nuts business in Nigeria.
Nigeria is a highly populated country, as a result, most local and international businesses in Nigeria succeed. Especially businesses that are related to food and drink.
Just like kunu, zobo and yogurt. Tiger nut drinks also known as kunu aya in Hausa has become very popular because of its nutritional value. It can also be prepared without artificial sweeteners, yet it’s very tasty.
I guess you don’t need a prophet to tell you that one commodity that sells very well in Nigeria is drink.
Just like water, drinks like yogurt, zobo, Coca-Cola products and tiger nut drinks sell fast. But because of it’s health benefits, tiger nut drink, if taken seriously would sure overtake yogurt and all other drinks. Because while yogurt is a source of animal protein, which contains cholesterol, tiger nut drink is free of unhealthy fat.
Rather than cholesterol, tiger nut contains plant protein, healthy oil and enough fiber which helps digestion and reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. (More on the nutritional benefits below).
Before we veer into steps on how to start tiger nuts drink business in Nigeria, I will like us to take a peep into the nutritional benefits of tiger nuts.
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Nutritional Benefits of Tiger Nut
High Fiber Content
The large amount of fiber that tiger nuts contains helps keep the digestive system in perfect shape. Fiber reduces constipation problems, since it is a natural stimulant to evacuate regularly.
A Good Substitute for Cow Milk
Tiger nut is rich in vitamin E and C, as such it helps combat hypertension and It is free of cholesterol and easily digestible and so prevents cardiovascular problems. In essence, no doubt that, in the next few years, tiger nut milk will over take the traditional milk used over the years. It’s a great substitute for cow milk.
A Rich Source of Animal Protein
One very important benefit of plant proteins is the lower incidence of fat and cholesterol. Tiger nuts are the ideal and perfect antioxidant for cleansing diets and elimination of toxins.
The plant protein combined with other benefits of tiger nut, like the absence of cholesterol which reduces risk of heart disease also helps fight cancer cells.
In addition, the oil in tiger nut competes with olive oil. Tiger nut contains high levels of oleic acid which is perfect to nourish the skin and prepare it against diseases. It also contains sufficient polyunsaturated fatty acids to fully meet the daily needs of the body.
These are just a few of the numerous health benefits of tiger nut drink.
Now, let’s go on to the main purpose of this post – How to make tiger nut drink (kunu Aya) in Nigeria.
Follow These Steps to Prepare Tiger Nut Drink in Nigeria
- Two and half derica (half paint)of tiger nut (Fresh/dry)
- One derica cup of dry dates
- One small coconut
- Ginger – N100
- Water – 2 litres
Please note that if you are using dry tiger nuts, you need to soak them overnight with clean water before grinding it. You can also mix the dry and fresh tiger nuts, But ensure you soak the dry one in water overnight.
Preparation of Tiger Nut Drink
- Pour the soaked tiger nut in a filter to drain the water. Add a small quantity of salt and rub then together with the tiger nuts. Wash clean with water.
- Put the tiger nuts into your blender
- Wash the dates with salty warm water and add to the tiger nuts in the blender
- Break your coconut, slice into smaller pieces. wash in salt water and rinse with clean water.
- Take 500 mls of water and add to the tiger nuts in the blender and blend all together
- Filter with filter used for pap to drain out the liquid.
- After draining the juice, put into bottles, refrigerate and serve chilled.
If you want to do it as a business, increase the quantity of water in proportion to the quantity of all the other ingredients.
For example, the 500 mls is for two and half derica cup of tiger nuts, one derica cup of dates and 1 small coconut.
So for 1000 mls of water, you need about one paint derica cups of tiger nuts, 1 derica cup of dates and 2 small coconuts or one big coconut.
Please be careful with the quantity of water you add. Remember we are not using any artificial sweeteners.
Packaging and Branding Tiger Nuts Drink for Commercial Purposes
For those who want to make tiger nuts drink for business. Let’s look at how to package it.
Packing is a vital marketing tool for your business. As there are many people making tiger nuts but how you package yours would determine how people patronize you.
There are various markets in Nigeria where you can buy packaging materials. You can also brand your tiger nuts and supply to supermarkets and shops nationwide. If you need more help on how to package and brand your tiger nuts or any other goods you produce contact me for full details on that.
This packaging information is for those living in Lagos or nearby states like Ogun and Oyo
Though you can still order your packaging materials from anywhere you are in Nigeria and they would be shipped to you but the challenge is that you will spend more money.
That said, if you are in Lagos, you can get all the packaging materials at Ojota market. When you get to Ojota market, ask for where to buy packaging materials you will be directed to the places you can get them.
Some of them sell labels with their own business names but I strongly advice you to get your branding with your own name. This will help expose your brand.
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