African Melon Seeds
African melon seeds come from the egusi plant. Native to Africa, the egusi looks like a small, round watermelon. However, unlike a watermelon, which is red and sweet, the egusi is white, dry, and bitter. Grown solely for its seeds, African melon seeds taste like pumpkin seeds. Egusi seeds, also called African melon seeds, are large and white. Beyond their use in food, egusi seeds are commonly parched and eaten individually as a snack. Full of nutrition, African melon seeds are an excellent way to feed your body with nutrients!
Health Benefits of African Melon Seeds
Egusi seeds are rich in protein, healthy fat, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and alpha-tocopherol (a component of vitamin E). This miracle seed helps promote healthy skin and fertility. Chalk full of protein, African melon seeds are a great alternative to meat and fish.
Packed with protein, African melon seeds also provide essential amino acids to help regulate the metabolism and improve the cardiovascular system. Rich in Vitamin B complex, melon seeds promote good blood flow throughout the body, which ultimately makes keeps the cardiovascular system healthy, strengthening the immune system.
African Melon Seeds provides a rich source of:
● Vitamin B1
● Vitamin B2
Uses of African Melon Seeds
● Soups and Main Courses: In Africa, a region where soups are a fundamental aspect of nutrition, African melon seeds are a major ingredient in soup and a common ingredient in daily meals. Coarsely ground up, egusi seeds thicken stews and contribute to steamed dumplings. Egusi seeds can be soaked, fermented, boiled, and wrapped in leaves to cook many delicious foods. Soaked or boiled egusi seeds can be ground and mashed into patties rich in protein.
● Nut Butter: Roasted melon seeds can be ground into nut butter.
● Snack: Shell and eat as a snack. It’s that easy!
● Baby food: Blend African melon seeds with water and fresh cane juice or natural sweetener and use when breast milk is unavailable as a natural and healthy source of nutrients for your baby.
● Skin Care: Egusi seeds help in the fight against the signs of aging, to include wrinkles, dark spots, and dark circles. Rich in antioxidants and Niacin, consuming
African melon seeds or applying egusi seed oil will help keep your skin glowing and healthy for years to come.