African Food: Some Facts About Egusi


Here are 10 Facts About Egusi:

1. Egusi actually lends its name to the seeds of the Cucurbitaceae plant family which consists of melons, gours, and individual crops such as cucumbers.

2. Egusi seeds are rich in oil and protein thereby making them a dietary supplement. Egusi is a kind of soup thickened with the ground seeds and popular in West Africa.

3. In the late 1980s, the Canadian government funded a project intended to develop a machine to help Cameroonians shell egusi seeds. A machine has been developed in Nigeria to shell egusi.

4. Osun, a yoruba state happened to be part of the states in Nigeria that loved Egusi so much, the people of Osun state especially the Ijeshas love eating Iyan & Egusi (Pounded Yam & Egusi Soup).

5. The egusi seeds are also very versatile as they can be used in a number of different dishes including stews and making puddings. Also, egusi can also be an important supplementary baby food, helping prevent malnutrition. Blending the seeds with water and honey produces a milky liquid that can be used as formula if breast milk is unavailable, making the plant as diverse in its uses as it is easy to grow!

6. Egusi Seeds are available all year round. This is because after it is harvested, it is dried and in this state, it can be stored for a very long time.

7. Egusi are cultivated during the beginning of the rainy season, in the months of April through June and harvested at the onset of the dry season, in the months of October through December.

8. Properly stored egusi in very cold temperatures, can last up to a month and still retain its taste.

9. Egusi seeds are in a class of their own and should never be mistaken for pumpkin seeds.

10. The egusi plant is also easy to grow. It is extremely resilient to pests and diseases and because it blankets the ground as it grows, it can help suppress weeds.


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