In Africa, the seed is popular for making soup. Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup because of its slippery nature helps the lumps of solid food slide down the throat to the stomach. The Igbo people of Nigeria call it Ogbono and Yoruba people call it Apon. Preference on consumption of Ogbodo soup varies, some like it plain, with no added vegetables, others prefer it with some vegetable in it. A third group loves their Ogbono soup with Okra, while some people would add Egusi to it.
Nutritional Value of Ogbono
Several research and studies have shown that ogbono Seed or kernels contains about 18 amino acids and is full with nutrients, vitamins, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, Ascorbic acid, sodium, amino acids, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and iron.
Ogbono is high in protein content, fiber and essential fats. A 100 grams serving of ogbono seeds provides about 683 calories. It is rich in fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic, stearic, and lauric acids, which are essential for performing various bodily functions, maintaining the health of the nervous system and for muscular development.
It also contains flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol. Additionally, ogbono seeds contain vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
The oil obtained from ogbono seeds is rich in beta-carotene, which is effective in protecting your body against conditions like heartburn, infertility, high blood pressure, cancer, and some types of mental disorders.