>> Ugba: A del­i­cacy with ben­e­fits

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Text by Eseohe Eb­hota bhota @sleek_­diva88 f you’ve never had a plate of ugba then please al­low me in­form you that you’ve been miss­ing out on a meal that’s not only easy to pre­pare but also very tasty and fill­ing.

Ugba is a salad eaten in the South-East Nige­riaa es­pe­cially at cer­e­mo­nial al oc­ca­sions. Be­fore it is eaten, it un­der­goes ex­ten­siven­sive fer­men­ta­tion. This meal l which was na­tive to only those of f the East­ern ori­gin has be­come a del­i­ca­cy­acy in other tribes on the other side of the Niger, es­pe­cially in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (F.C.T).

How­ever, it’s not just about its taste (though the taste is im­por­tant if you want to en­joy it). I de­cided to write about it be­cause of it health ben­e­fits.

Ugba also known as “African oil bean seeds” con­tain es­sen­tial fatty acids within the seed oil, as well as many min­er­als, par­tic­u­larly mag­ne­sium, iron, man­ganese, cop­per, phos­pho­rus and cal­cium, and trace amounts of vi­ta­mins.

Speak­ing to YOUTHVILLE, a res­i­dent of Kubwa who gave her name as Mrs Adah hails from Benue state says she loves ugba a lot. “In­fact, Ugba is one of my favourite Nige­rian dish. I was in­tro­duced to it by an Igbo friend. Af­ter eat­ing it for the first time in her house, I made sure I learnt how to make it”.

It is a very good source of anti-mi­cro­bial and wound heal­ing agents; and the leaf ex­tracts help to stop di­ar­rhea. Re­searchers have also found the African oil bean seed is rich in pro­tein and it could be used as al­ter­na­tive source of pro­tein in diet/pro­tein sup­ple­ment.

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