Marula Tree and Fruit – Nature’s Own Intoxicator
Marula Tree and Fruit – Drunken Elephant Time?
The Marula Tree. It’s a tree native to Southern Africa, and is used in the fermentation of the national liqueur of South Africa called Amarula – a milky liqueur similar to Bailey’s Irish Cream, but it does have its own unique taste. I quite like it. It’s best served on ice, and it’s a nice dessert type drink. Actually, pour some over a bit of vanilla ice cream for something different, or use it in an alcoholic thickshake – possible watching the sun set over Cape Town.
Amarula is also used in the South African national shot called the ‘Springbok’, which I’ve listed in my 52 Weird Food and Drink Facts. As mentioned in this list, the main danger of the Springbok is the actual drinking ritual, not the drink itself.
However, becoming drunk on fermented Marula fruit is not the exclusive domain of humans – other members of the animal kingdom can often participate in the drunken festivities.
I’ve included a video here shot in the 1970’s of animals allegedly becoming drunk after eating the fermented fruit. Yes, it involves staggering African animals that look like most pissheads after having one too many in the local pub.
However, there is some debate about whether this video is fake (or staged) or real. For example, I’m thinking that an elephant would have to eat an enormous amount of fermented fruit to become completely rat-arsed (this means drunk). Can you imagine what an elephant’s hangover would be like?
Unfortunately, there are no kebab stands in the African bush to satisfy those after-booze-up munchies. That would drive me insane.
I live on kebabs after a big night out drinking.
The Marula Tree and Fruit Drunken Video
Anyway, even if it’s fake, it’s still funny! Enjoy the drunk animal video.
More Marula Tree Stuff
You can read more at Muthi and Myths of the African Bush: From the African Bush and Umthi We Marula/The Marula Tree. Someone has even called an album Amarula Tree!