Frozen Food – This vegetable is the main ingredient in ewedu soup. It has many health benefits.
The leave of this frozen food provides low calorie and an adequate source of fibre which has made it key in weight management. Also, some certain traditional healthcare providers have used the leaf in the prevention of constipation, dysentery and infestation of worms. In fact some old Asian health specialists have reported to have used it for pain and pile reduction.
Ewedu is used in many dishes in West Africa. The seeds are used as a flavouring. The dried leaves can be drunk as tea. It is rich in beta-carotene, iron, calcium and vitamins C & E.
Ewedu leaves 300g
1/2 tea spoon of powdered potash
1.5 cups of water
Maggi (1 or 2 cubes)
4-5 tea spoons of ground crayfish
Ewedu soup is a soup created by the Yoruba ethnic group similar to Okra soup, it is made from Jute leaf, hence it is known as Jute leaf soup. The soup is drawy in texture and goes with Nigerian beef stew and fish stew. Ewedu soup takes about 12 minutes to prepare and is best served with pounded yam, Fufu and Amala. Pluck jute leaf rinse with water and blend, then add crayfish, locust bean also known as iru and salt to give it desired taste. Ensure you do not add too much water, also you can ignore the use ijabe (traditional broom) used to pound and kaun (potash) since you are using a blender.
Ponmo is used for cooking many delicacies in west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon etc, and also in west Indian and the Caribbean. It is a good weight loss meat that is unique with less calories and tastes nice when properly cooked in dishes. Cow skin is very hard to eat if not properly cooked and takes time to cook before eating.
Parkia biglobosa, known in English as the African locust bean is a perennial deciduous tree in the family Fabaceae. It is found in a wide range of environments in Africa and is primarily grown for its pods that contain both a sweet pulp and valuable seeds. Where the tree is grown, the crushing and fermenting of these seeds constitutes an important economic activity. Various parts of the locust bean tree are used for medicinal and food purposes. As a standing tree, locust bean may have a positive effect on the yield of other nearby crops.
Iru (also known as dadawa/dawadawa, ogiri, ogirisi, ugba, netetou, kainda or soumbala) are the fermented beans of the Parkia biglobosa locust tree that grows throughout West and Central Africa. They are a popular traditional ingredient in many West African cuisines, particularly in Nigeria, where they add depth and complexity to stews, soups, meats and vegetables.