Amarula is a South African spirits brand and known for the wild fruit cream liqueur of the same name. It is flavored with a distillate from the fruits of the marula tree and is available in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The Marula tree only grows in subequatorial Africa, in the Kruger National Park in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The marula trees, which are leafy but nonetheless drought-resistant, reach heights of 9–18 m and bear fruit of 500 kg and more annually.
The initially olive-green, then golden yellow fruits of the female marula tree are harvested in February, the South African midsummer. After the harvest, the seeds are removed, the meat is pressed out of the bowl and then fermented. After the fermentation process, the fresh Marula wine is distilled twice and then stored in oak barrels for two years. Finally, sugar and cream are added and the finished Amarula wild fruit liqueur is bottled.