EGUSI, a nutty, protein-rich and lesser-known seed. It is our goal to introduce Americans to this lovely seed; its versatile use in food, as a snack, flavoring agent and for its oil. Egusi gourd is identical in appearance to a watermelon, but unlike watermelon, the Egusi fruit is bitter and not edible. Egusi are grown predominantly for their seeds which are similar in size to small pumpkin seeds and are similar in flavor.
Why do we love Egusi? Egusi seeds are comprised of 50% oil, 78% of which is an unsaturated fatty acid, and 35% protein. The seeds are rich in vitamin A which helps form and maintain healthy teeth and bones. It has vitamins B1 and B2 which are important for body growth and the production of red blood cells. Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron and maintain healthy tissue, is also found in the seeds. It also has Niacin, which helps maintain healthy skin. They are also a great meat substitute because of their high protein. A very rich, but expensive vegetable oil is also produced from this seed.
These Egusi seeds can even be soaked, fermented, or sautéed to thicken soups or season food. In West Africa, a region where soups are integral to life, Egusi is a major soup ingredient and a common component of daily meals. Its nutritional benefits may lure you in but the taste will keep you coming back for more.
Egusi soup is a true West African Classic that is widely enjoyed in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Cameroon with slight differences in preparation from country to country and even within regions of a country. Before preparing the Egusi soup, the seeds are sun-dried, shelled, and ground plain or roasted before being grounded.
Want to experience this West African staple? Try purchasing these Egusi seed and read on our "preparation of Egunsi soup with vegetable soup" and various ways to use this as a recipe starter today! It’s ultra-delicious but without preservatives, GMO ingredients, and other additives.
This is a creamy, savory soup with nutty accents, but without the nut. It is flavored with vegetables, a mild Habanero kick and topped with braised collard greens. Try it and experience a new world of flavor.
- Egunsi Foods