(Shelled African Melon Seed)
Also Called ‘‘‘AKATOLA or AGUSHI
Egusi seeds come from the Bitter Egusi gourd (looks similar to watermelon), are grown
primarily for their nutty, protein-rich seeds.
Egusi seeds can be soaked, fermented, and sautéed or roasted or grounded, and used as
a flavoring agent, used to thicken soups, or even to season food.
Egusi seeds are an integral part of very popular West African Classic Egusi Soup, to thicken it and boost the flavor.
The seed also contains vitamins and minerals, making the seeds a great meat substitute,
in plant-based dishes.
Egusi seeds are high in proteins, carbohydrates and a source of several essential micronutrients and polyphenolic compounds that prevent certain chronic diseases