Locus Beans | African Foods | Foods for Thought

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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.

What  Locust Beans?

Firstly, do you know that Locust Beans is a food species. Again, Locus Beans is well  known both regionally and internationally?

In some societies on the African continent it is not an ordinary food item but a therapeutic food and a source of income.

Locust beans, commonly referred to depending your regions as iru by Yorubas, ‘ogiri’, ‘dawa dawa’ by Igbos, is used in soups and stews.

Again it is a very popular soup ingredient, globally,  is referred to as African locust beans with the botanical.

It is not easy to look at, and the smell is unpleasant – at best. Locust Beans is the  most significant ingredient for your soups,

What’s more, it is almost everywhere in  Africa,  and is primarily grown for its pods and its valuable seeds.

The most valuable parts of the locust bean are high in lipid (29%), protein (35%), carbohydrate (16%), and is a good source of fat and calcium for rural dwellers.

Locust beans product should be converted into powdery form and packaged into various sizes in plastics for easy distribution.

Health Benefits of the Locust Beans

Local research has shown that locust bean helps to promote good sight and drives away hypertension and diseases conditions like stroke and diabetes.

It also contains tannins, astringent substances found in many plants. Foods rich in tannins are often recommended for treatment of diarrhoea.

Importantly contains soluble fibre in the galactomannan family. Like other forms of soluble fibre,

In addition, it can help you to loose weight  and controlling blood sugar levels.

The African locust beans  possess wonderful scientific and medicinal benefits.

Furthermore, the pulverised bark of the tree is employed in wound healing and serves as one of the ingredients used in treating leprosy.

Finally, more about the locust beans and it’s various health benefits

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Locust Beans

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100g x 24, 100g x 1, 200g x 24, 200 x 1