What is Locust Beans?
It is also known as Iru Woro is another rare tropical ingredient. We enhance our delicious dishes in Africa with these locust beans.
Do you know that locust beans are a food species whose importance is recognized 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.
Besides, locust bean, commonly referred to as iru by Yorubas, ‘ogiri’, ‘dawa dawa’ by Igbos.
A very popular soup ingredient, globally, it is referred to as African locust bean with the botanical name as Parkia biglobosa.
It is not easy to look at, and the smell is unpleasant – at best. These aside,
Locust Bean will make your dishes delicious.
Fermented locust bean is a common traditional condiment in Nigeria and other West African countries.
These names vary in different region in Africa: “iru” in Yoruba, “dawa dawa” in Hausa and “ogiri okpe” in Igbo.
Aso “afintin” in Benin, “sumbala” in Mali & Guinea, “netetou” in Senegal, and “nere” in some parts of Burkina Faso.
A lot of traditional stews, sauces and soups will not be complete without this savoury condiment.
It is rich in protein and processes a high percentage of fats. It has a complex flavour is somewhere in between chocolate, miso, and cheese.
And this delicacies goes by a variety of names as mentioned above, depending on the region you bare from.
For example, the Yoruba people of Nigeria call it Iru.
Today, it’s at risk of disappearing from African kitchens, but the Nigerian communities in Europe are determined to revive their succulent ingredients.
What’s more, its wide used across West African in African cuisine, it’s still surprisingly difficult to find in the UK, but not really, have a look at African Supermarket Near Me!