EGUSI MELON PDF

Egusi is used primarily in West Africa for its de-hulled seeds, which thicken soups as a flour, are a great snack whole, make a paste like peanut butter, and have a high oil content. Egusi is the name for many species of cucurbits melons, watermelons, and gourds whose seeds are used for this purpose. Similar to Callaloo, egusi is a category of crops based on their similar function. See the Lost Crops of Africa volume II for a short list of species and lots of great info about this important seed crop. The seeds are fat, white, and beautiful, and according to Truelove Seeds apprentice Amirah, who requested we grow this crop, the flesh is the essence of bitterness. We are so grateful that it seemed happy in our hoop house, and excited to deepen our relationship to its seeds and its story.

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Easily mistaken for a watermelon from the outside, the egusi, Citrullus lanatus , has distinct features on the inside. Although the flesh of the melon is bitter and dry, the main source of food is within the egusi seeds. The seed also contains vitamins and minerals, making the seeds a great meat substitute, or a supplement to the diet especially in areas of malnutrition. The seeds are extracted by cracking open the fruit and leaving the open egusi outside to dry. When the flesh dries, the seeds can be scooped out and the shells of the seeds are removed by hand. After the seeds are shelled, the seeds can be eaten raw.

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EGUSI MELON

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Egusi Melon

In West Africa, the name Egusi is applied to members of the gourd family having seeds of high oil content. The Egusi Melons described here Nigerian Ibara are a subspecies of the watermelon species. Both Egusi Ibara and the watermelon are of tropical African origin. Egusi Melon is cultivated in portions of West Africa, especially in Western Nigeria, for the food in the seed and as a crop interplanted with maize, cassava, or other crops. Egusi Melon plants closely resemble watermelon plants; both have a non climbing creeping habit and deeply cut lobed leaves. The pulp of the watermelon fruit, however, is sweet and edible while the Egusi Melon has bitter and inedible fruit pulp. Egusi Melon seeds are larger than watermelon seeds, and they are light colored.

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Indigenous Crop: Egusi — More than a Melon

Egusi melon, botanically called Citrullus colocynthis, also has many names such as colocynth, bitter apple, bitter cucumber, desert gourd, vine of Sodom, or wild gourd. Although egusi is consumed in Nigeria, the cultivation hardly attracts any significant attention and even government has not developed any programme to promote its inherent potentials to hugely improve the household income in poor communities. At the moment, only sesame can compete with the product in the market. Ten kg bags of egusi will give a farmer between N, and N1.

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