Health Benefits And Uses of “Dawa Dawa” You Should Know
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Dawadawa is a flavoring made from the seeds and this deciduous, wide-spreading plant can reach up to twenty meters in height and is a member of the Fabaceae family.
Meanwhile, the Locust bean commonly referred to as iru by Yorubas, ‘ogiri’, ‘dawa dawa’ by Igbos, is a local seasoning or condiment used in soups and stews. A very popular soup ingredient, globally, it is referred to as African locust bean with the botanical name as Parkia biglobosa.
The African locust bean grows across the Sudan and Sahel, from Senegal to Burkina Faso to Uganda. This food tree is the source of the valued and highly nutritious néré pods.
To make Dawadawa, the seeds are removed from the pulp and are boiled, covered in ash and pounded, dried in the sun, and then sent through another cleansing process by hand where they are cooked again to produce a sticky fermented mixture.
However, the bark and leaves are toxic, various reports suggest that the seeds and the young pods of the black locust are edible. Shelled seeds are safe to harvest from summer through fall, and are edible both raw and/or boiled.
Dawadawa is used as a seasoning to enhance the flavor of cooked dishes. The black cakes or spheres can easily be separated into pieces and tossed into soups or stews for added flavor. They can also be used to flavor rice dishes, noodle dishes, curries, or casseroles.
Dawadawa is mostly known for its healing abilities and benefits that are good for the body some of this health gain includes, it helps improve your eyesight and gives you a clear good vision, it can treat stroke patients, reduce cholesterol in the human body, treat Diarrhea, treat hypertension, helps control blood sugar level, improve digestion, Healthy weight, and keeps in perfect shape and Reduces fever.
Although it is well-known for its solidifying properties, the locust bean gum offers health benefits ranging from reducing cholesterol levels to improving blood sugar levels. However, its typical serving size is so small that it does not have much of an impact on health.
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