The Mesquite bean Tree is an ancient tree with great value, which looks similar to the locust bean tree. It’s believed to be one of the oldest trees to have ever lived by a tribe in the Senegalese region called the Serer. It’s found in the Sahel and Savannah forest of Africa, stretching from the Senegal to Ethiopia. The fruit of the Prosopis Africana tree is used as feed for animals, the roots are used for medicinal purposes, and while the seeds are fermented to create the popularly called, locust bean seasoning or can also be referred to as the mesquite bean seasoning.
Various parts of the Mesquite (Prosopis Africana) tree have been used to treat ailments such as bronchitis, dermatitis, gonorrhea, dysentery, malaria, sore throat, fever, skin diseases, and can be used as a dressing for wounds or cuts.
African Locust Bean /Mesquite Bean Seasoning
The African locust/mesquite bean is the single, most essential ingredient guaranteed to take soups, stews or mixed vegetables to the next level of delicious and nutritious! Locust bean, also known as dawa-dawa, is a bean-like, non-fleshy seed with a naturally sweet flavor and is widely used throughout Nigeria. Locust beans can be found in a wide range of environments in Africa and are primarily grown for their pods which contain both a sweet pulp and seeds.
African Locust/Mesquite Beans Health Benefits
Packed full of vitamins, minerals, and vital nutrients, the African locust bean has shown to help promote good vision, lower hypertension, and prevent diseases such as a stroke and diabetes. Locust beans also contain tannins and astringent which can be used to treat infections. Foods rich in tannins are often recommended for treatment of diarrhea. Studies have also shown that the locust bean can be used to treat stroke and hypertension.
Locust beans contain soluble fiber and can be made into locust bean gum. Like other forms of soluble fibers, African locust beans have shown potential for enhancing weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels.
Fermented locust /mesquite beans are used to control diabetes and healthy cholesterol levels.
African Locust Beans provides a rich source of:
African Locust /Mesquite Beans Uses
●Healthy Cooking: a key ingredient in soups, stews or added to mixed vegetables, the locust bean is a versatile option for daily cooking.
●Additional Uses: locust/mesquite beans can be made into locust/mesquite bean gum. Cold and hot soluble, locust bean gum can be used in ice cream, cream cheese, transparent jellies or infant formulas for an extra push of nutritional value.
Naturalike African Locust/Mesquite Beans
At Naturalike, we source all of our African locust/mesquite beans directly from the finest farms in Nigeria. We form close relationships with local African farmers to ensure th