Processing of locust beans into Local Seasoning called 'Dadawa'
The Locust bean tree is a hard wood tree that grows in the Northern parts of Cross-River state. It bears fruits in clusters of hanging pods. The pods which carry seeds embedded in a pulp like material turns from green to brown at maturity. When the fruits are mature they are harvested using a long hook-like stick or allowed to fall to the ground on their own. The processing of locust beans into Dawadawa involves extracting the seeds from their pods, removing their seed coat, and fermenting them. The result is a strong smelling Dawadawa which is a favorite seasoning in most parts of Nigeria.