Tepache is a sweet fermented beverage made with pineapple rinds. It has probiotic properties, and can contain up 1-3% alcohol believe it or not! Tepache is a lovely beverage to make for summertime. Another summertime drink I make is Almond Cream Soda. It’s made with water kefir though.
More About Tepache
Tepache originated in Mexico a long time ago. It’s still popular today. It’s even produced commercially. Did you know that Tepache means “drink of the corn”? It sure does. Originally, this fermented beverage was made with a base of corn instead of pineapple rinds. However, the modern version of this beverage uses pineapple as a base.
Additionally, people often make other versions. Some people use a wide variety of flavors such as guava, apple, and even orange.
In central and south America tepache is actually known as “chicha”. The Mayans made tepache and added aromatic spices. They thought of this beverage as sacred and used it in religious rituals.
It’s so simple to make. This recipe uses the peels of the pineapple with a little bit of the fruit. You can eat the leftover as a snack or you can try your hand at making Fermented Pineapple Chutney.
Check out the images below, to see more on how to make this wonderful beverage.
Leave about a 1/4 inch of fruit on the peel when you cut it off.
Chop up the peels up roughly.
Here is a closer look
Next, we’ll add sugar to a mason jar and mix it with water.
After that, we will add the pineapple to the mason jar. You might have noticed in the image above there are glass weights, weighing down the pineapple rinds. The rinds really need to stay below the liquid or brine. So do the weights or there is a possibility of mold growing.
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