Air Nira Nipah: An Exotic Malaysian Drink

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Air Nira Nipah: An Exotic Malaysian Drink

You sip on a cold, light beverage while scanning the majestic paddy fields at Bedong's outlying Kampung Sungai Pial. The stretches of green seem endless, punctuated only by the misty views of distant mountain peaks. A friendly farmworker approaches with a plate of freshly roasted groundnuts and a smile, as he replenishes your glass with another serving of air nira nipah to the very brim.

Fancy an experience like this? Head over to Ladang Nira Nipah Napiah for the freshest, sweetest air nira nipah drink you'll love.

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Ladang Nira Nipah Napiah, Merbok, Kedah.

Air Nira Nipah: An Exotic Malaysian Drink

Simply put, air nira nipah is a drink extracted from the nipa palms. It is a type of mangrove palm native to the tropical coastlines, where its trunk grows beneath the ground while the leaves and flowers blossom above the surface. The leaves can extend up to 30 feet in height, while the globular flowers are made out of many individual woody nuts on a single stalk.

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Nira Nipah mangrove palms in Merbok, Kedah, Malaysia.

In Malaysia, the flower cluster of this plant is tapped to yield its sweet, edible sap. The process starts by fitting a bamboo tube into an exposed stalk to allow the translucent sap to be collected twice daily for 30 continuous days. Air nira is almost always drank as it is, and this sweet and nutritious drink comes with abundance of essential integrants and minerals such as sucrose, protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin A and many more. It hydrates and nourishes the body while keeping it energetic and refreshed, while providing countless health benefits including to aid digestion, act as a body coolant or a diabetic-friendly beverage replacement, as well as having the ability to improve liver functions.

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Air Nira Nipah: An Exotic Malaysian Drink

Air nira nipah can also be manufactured into jaggery, sweeteners or concentrated syrup due to the high sweetness intensity. Some producers collect the sap to further ferment it into a local alcoholic drink known fondly as tuak.

On your next visit to Malaysia, be sure to treat yourself to this exotic, tropical fruit drink. It pays off to travel deeper and experience authentic Malaysian hidden gems - even if they are out of the way!

Ladang Nira Nipah Napiah
Address: F104, Kampung Sungai Pial, Merbok, Kedah.

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Rollinggrace

I am a solo traveler from Malaysia. Read about my travel stories and recommendations and learn the recipes adapted from my gastronomic adventures. Review/collaboration: gracehuey92@gmail.com

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