Ehuru (African Calabash Nutmeg)
Ehuru (botanical: Monodora Myristica) is the dried seeds of a tropical tree of the same genius with the mace nutmeg. This tree grows naturally in West Africa but also known to be cultivated in other parts of the world where the dried seeds are used as a cheap alternative to nutmeg. The seeds are the most valuable parts of the tree though its fruits and bark are also known to be useful.
Ehuru comes in a hard woody case which is preferred removed to reveal the hard seed. This seed is ground or grated and added to traditional soups & stews (such as Banga, Ogbonna soup or pepper soup) It’s also been used in baking. Ehuru is used for its highly fragrant/aromatic properties. The seeds contain some essential oils which are responsible for its aroma and fragrance. Ehuru is also used in traditional West African medicine.