Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed as food by the Igbo People in Nigeria. Not that other tribes do not eat vegetables, but our focus today is on the Igbo tribe, the land of the risen sun and the vegetables that are mostly consumed in that region.
Vegetables may exclude foods derived from some plants that are fruits, flowers, nuts, and cereal grains, but include savoury fruits such as tomatoes and courgettes, flowers such as broccoli, and seeds such as pulses.
So today, we are going to be looking at these four(4) Igbo Vegetables, their English Names, their health benefits and even the type of food that can be prepared with them.
Ukazi leaf as it is popularly called in the Igbo tribe is known as Gnetum africanum or Wild Spinach in English. It can be used to prepare both Afang soup or the Ukazi soup.
According to information gathered from Wikipedia, the stem of the Ukazi leaf may be eaten for medicinal purposes, including the reduction of pain during childbirth.
It is also a good source of protein and is strong in essential and non-essential amino acids. The content of amino acids found in Gnetum africanum is similar to recommended levels by the FAO
This vegetable is known as Fluted Pumpkin in English. It can be used to prepare the popular Edikang ikong, Okro and Egwusi soup.
According to Wikipedia, Ugu can be prepared as herbal medicine for the treatment of sudden attack of convulsion, malaria, and anaemia; it also plays a vital and protective role in cardiovascular diseases.
This vegetable is called Pumpkin Leaf in English. It can be used to prepare Okro soup and many other vegetables soup in Igbo land.
Pumpkin leaves are high in essential vitamins such as A and C. While vitamin A improves eyesight and promotes healthy skin and hair, vitamin C helps in healing wounds and forming scar tissue, as well as maintaining healthy bones, skin, and teeth.
This particular vegetable is called Bitter Leaf in English language. It can be used to prepare the popular bitter leaf soup in the Igbo land.
The concoction of this vegetable can be used in the treatment for malaria, intestinal parasites, diarrhea, and stomach upset. Research has revealed that it's leaf juce is effective for reducing diabetes and maintain.
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