Ewedu is a green leafy vegetable used in preparing a soup a.k.a. Ewedu soup that could be used to eat “swallow” foods such as iyan (pounded yam of fufu), amala. Ewedu soup is a versatile vegetable soup eaten with various other Nigerian cuisines. Various regions in Nigeria make the soup with different variations of taste. There are a different mix of ingredients to use for making distinctive versions of this soup. Sweet potato, dried meat, crayfish locust beans are some common ingredients of the Ewedu soup.
You can order this healthful and delightful soup at Keobi Restaurant in Albany, New York.
Health Benefits of Ewedu Soup
Ewedu soup has been part of meals in the Yoruba areas of western Nigeria for many years but it is now a favorite among ethnic groups across West African countries. Ewedu is also known as jute, lalo, saluyot, bush okra, wets, African sorreh, Molokhai, and many more other regional names. Its leaves are edible and used for gastronomic and medicinal purposes in West Africa. Ewedu is good for weight loss because of its low calorific content and it helps strengthen the immune system, fights off stress and heart disease. Ewedu is a folk remedy for aches and pains, dysentery, enteritis, fever, pectoral pains and tumors. In recent times, the health benefits of Ewedu has come to light as it has been known to include vitamins such Vitamin A, B & C and high in fiber.
The younger leaves feel tender and flavorful and they are useful for cooking purposes. The leaves are small and have slight edges and they are also sticky but delicious in soups, stews, and curries, as a vegetable thickener.
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The preparation of the Ewedu leaves soup and how it is served, differs from one region to another. For instance, in some locales, jute leaves are plucked off the stem leaving the leaves to dry for later use for soup. In other regions they use the dry leaves to make tea, or make stir-fries with the fresh jute leaves while other regions prefer cooking it fresh and serving it over white rice.
So, you can either buy fresh Ewedu leaves which means you have to separate the leaves from the stem, or you can buy the frozen leaves from a nearby African grocery store. Alternatively, you can order a ready-made Ewedu soup at your local ethnic Keobi Restaurant, located in the heart of Albany, NY. Keobi is a Nigerian restaurant serving delicious Nigerian and African cuisines and where one can order the special Ewedu soup. Now that the weather is changing, you will need some “designer” soup to keep you warm. Ewedu soup eaten with swallows like iyan or amala will keep you filled and warm all day – ideal for office lunch or dinner meal with your family. Keobi restaurant is versatile, providing you with fresh, authentic and delicious Nigerian cuisines. Try the Ewedu soup today and enjoy a Taste of Africa.