Locust beans is the single most significant ingredient guaranteed to take soups, stews or mixed vegetables from being okay to the next level. Buy fresh iru that has been hygienically processed and packaged for your consumption.
Locust Beans are called iru in Yoruba, Eginili Igala in Ibo, Ete Edi Uku in Efik and Kalwa in Hausa. The fruit of the African locust bean tree has a pulp in which is embedded many small seeds. The pulp is dried in some areas for addition to soups, rice and cereals. A drink called bolola is made from it.
The seeds are used extensively throughout West Africa as a flavourful and nutritious addition to soups and stews. The contain about 54 percent fat and 50 percent high quality protein, in addition to other vitamins and minerals. The seeds are prepared by boiling for 24 hours to soften the coats, then pounded and washed several times to remove the broken shells. The kernels are boiled to form a paste which is then fermented, resulting in a very strong smelling greyish product. This is either sold fresh or in flat dried patties.
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