Egusi Seed

Egusi is popularly known as Melon Seed. It is mostly grown for consumption in Nigeria. They are usually ground and used for preparing assorted dishes such as egusi soup and stew.

Before preparing the egusi soup, the seeds are sun-dried and grind plain or roasted/fried before being a grind.

 The seeds can also be fermented and used for making a local spice known as ogiri. Due to its high oil content, egusi seeds can be used for making margarine, butter and animal feed.


Here are the health benefits of including Egusi(melon seed) in your daily diet.

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Melon contains anti-inflammatory properties that help treat infections and injury. However, a study reveals that the methanol extract of egusi significantly inhibited serotonin, carrageenan, and prostaglandin which helps fight inflammation.

  1. Help fights cancer:- Egusi is a good herbal cure for cancer and is best for curing breast cancer.
  1. Contains anti-arthritic properties
  2. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and niacin in this plant help to maintain healthy skin.
  3. Oil extracted from egusi seeds is useful for producing local soap and pomade for dermatological care.
  4. Aids digestion and boosts appetite



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