Don’t know Egusi? Egusi, also known as melon seed is widely used in the preparation of a number of African food dishes, including egusi soup, egusi pepper soup, okra and egusi vegetable soup, egusi fried vegetable. A very rich, but expensive vegetable oil is also produced from this seed.
In West Africa, a region where soups are integral to life, Egusi is a major soup ingredient and a common component of daily meals. Coarsely ground up, they thicken stews and contribute to widely enjoyed steamed dumplings. Some are soaked, fermented, boiled, and wrapped in leaves to form a favorite food seasoning. Families in some West African countries can eat the crop year-round and it is in high demand from countries in the Central African sub-regions too.
The seeds are often shelled and can be eaten individually as a snack, many processed forms of the seeds have made their way into common cooking practices. After soaking, fermenting, or boiling, the seeds take on different flavors and are frequently added to thicken soups and stews. On their own, the seeds can also be roasted and ground into a spread like peanut butter. With further preparation, egusi-seed meal can be pressed into patties to be used like a meat substitute.
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