A mini review of the physicochemical properties of amahewu, a Southern African traditional fermented cereal grain beverage

Elsevier, LWT, Volume 151, November 2021
Oyeyinka A.T., Siwela M., Pillay K.
Amahewu is a fermented maize-based gruel or beverage consumed mainly in Southern Africa. The nutritional and sensory properties of amahewu may vary with inoculum type, maize type and the prevailing fermentation conditions. Further, these properties may be enhanced through enrichment and fortification. This review seeks to provide up-to-date information on the science and technology of amahewu, focussing on the research findings of its physicochemical properties, as affected by the starter culture used, product formulation and processing conditions. Suggestions for improving product quality and standardization are included.