Frozen Locust Beans
£1.14 – £46.40
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.
Locus beans, also known as African locust beans, are a type of legume native to West Africa.
These small, brown beans are highly valued for their nutritional content and versatile applications in cooking.
They a staple ingredient in West African cuisine for centuries, and their popularity is now spreading to other parts of the world.
Benefits of Locust Beans
What sets locus beans apart is their impressive nutritional profile. They are rich in essential nutrients like protein, fibre, and vitamins.
This makes them an excellent addition to a balanced diet, especially for those following a plant-based lifestyle or looking to incorporate more sustainable protein sources.
Locus beans are also low in fat and contain no cholesterol, making them a heart-healthy alternative to animal protein.
One of the most remarkable features of locus beans is their versatility in the kitchen. They are for both savoury and sweet dishes, providing a unique depth of flavour.
In West African cuisine, they are often ground into a powder or fermented to create a condiment called “dawadawa” or “iru.”
This adds a distinctive umami taste to soups, stews, and sauces.
Apart from their culinary uses, locus beans have medicinal properties as well.
They are believed to possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them potentially beneficial for digestion and gut health.
Additionally, some studies suggest that locus beans may have antioxidant effects and may reduce chronic diseases.
When incorporating locus beans into your diet, it’s important to note that they have a strong aroma and flavour.
Some people may find the taste too intense on its own, so we commonly add it with other ingredients to balance the flavours.
We also experience with other ingredients in order to acjieve the best way to enjoy this nutritious legume.
More about locus beans in our blog.
Asiko Locust Beans, Iru
100g x 24, 100g x 1, 200g x 24, 200g x 1