Sweet Potato Fly

Both Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation describe the effervescent fruity tones of sweet potato fly, a soft drink from Guyana. Grating the sweet potatoes takes a while, but this unique tropical beverage is worth the effort. I found the fermentation process fascinating to observe. Cleaned eggshell neutralizes the acidity of the fermentation.

Sweet potato fly is a soft drink from Guyana.

Sweet potato fly is a soft drink from Guyana.


Sweet potato fly is a soft drink from Guyana.
Sweet Potato Fly
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 2 hours
Passive Time
3 days
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 2 hours
Passive Time
3 days
Sweet potato fly is a soft drink from Guyana.
Sweet Potato Fly
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 2 hours
Passive Time
3 days
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 2 hours
Passive Time
3 days
Ingredients
Servings: gallon
Instructions
  1. Boil 1 cup of water with mace. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Grate the sweet potatoes and rinse well through a strainer to remove the starch.
  3. Grate lemon peels and juice. Boil and crush eggshell.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients in a gallon of water. Add the cooled mace.
  5. Stir, cover to keep dust and flies out, and leave in a warm spot to ferment for about 3 days.
  6. Strain into storage containers, keep refrigerated, and serve chilled. Lasts for months.
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