Indigenous Processing Of Local Seasoning (IRU) From African Locust Beans ( Parkia biglobosa)
Iru is one of the most important condiments in African countries especially Nigeria. Condiments are known to contribute to the calorie and protein intake and are generously added to soups as low-cost meat substitutes by low- income families in parts of Nigeria. The estimated average consumption of the condiment per head per day for Nigeria, Togo and Ghana are 10g, 4 g and 2 g respectively. African Locust bean (Parkia Biglobosa) seed is the matured fruit seed that comes from the parkia tree. They are perennial tree legumes which belongs to the subfamily mimosoideae and family leguminosae (family fabaceae).