Cookbook:Locust Bean

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Locust Bean
CategoryNuts and seeds

Cookbook | Recipes | Ingredients

Mature locust bean pods

The African locust bean, also called néré and dawadawa, is a product of the Parkia biglobosa tree. It should not be confused with carob, which also goes by the term locust bean. It is closely related to the bitter bean.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The pod has a red to brown exterior, surrounding a yellow pulp and a seed. Both the pulp and the seed are edible. The seeds are nutritionally valuable, with high fat and protein contents.

Uses[edit | edit source]

The seed can be fermented into a condiment called Iru.