Ogiri Igbo is fermented castor oil seeds and is Igbo origin – a South Eastern Nigerian tribe. Castor oil seeds are available in all parts of Africa. In old times, castor oil was valued for its laxative properties and it is used by many new parents in caring for their newborn children. Its seeds are grown fresh every year. The seeds are relatively large, black and glossy. These seeds are poisonous if ingested raw. The fermentation process eliminates the toxic quality of these seeds.