Uda seed (Udda Seed)
also known as negro pepper or Xylopia aethiopica, is a spice that is native to West Africa. It is widely used in African cuisine, particularly in Nigeria, Ghana, and other West African countries, where it imparts a unique flavor and aroma to dishes. Also known as Grains of Selim in the English language, Erunje or Erinje in Yoruba language, Uda in Igbo language and Kimba in the Hausa language.
Here are some key details about Uda seeds:
- Appearance: they are small, dark-brown to black, hard seeds that are typically about the size of a pea. They have a wrinkled or textured outer shell.
- Flavor and Aroma: Uda seeds have a strong and aromatic flavor profile that is often described as a combination of nutmeg, pepper, and even hints of citrus. The aroma is pungent and distinctive, and it adds depth and complexity to dishes.
- Culinary Uses: Uda seeds are primarily used as a spice and flavoring agent in African cuisine. They are often used in soups, stews, sauces, and meat dishes. Uda seeds can be ground or crushed before use to release their flavor. They are known for their ability to add both heat and a unique peppery flavor to dishes.
You can also use it to make Ofe Nsala using this recipe from Sisi Jemimah
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