Egusi also called melon is botanical as Cucumeropsis manni is one of the most interesting and
tasty plants found south of the Sahara. It is eaten as soup in West Africa and other African
regions. The fruit from which the seeds come from is spherical in shape and green in color. To is
access the seeds, the fruit is first fermented and then washed and dried. They are later then
peeled so that the white interior can be accessed.
Health benefits Egusi Melon
Healthy skin: The Zinc and Amino acid content of Egusi makes it a sufficiently rich vegetable
protein. This composition is ideal for sick and growing bodies providing essential trace minerals
Disease Prevention: there is potential for these seeds as a critical tool for interventions in
diseases such as marasmus and kwashiorkor. In Africa, it is generally believed the contents of
Egusi makes it an all-round nutritional soup/ food ingredient.
Cancer treatment: according to the local people it is also believed that the notable minerals
which are found in manni (potassium, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc
helps to prevent disease like breast cancer and other cancers.
In conclusion, egusi is usually made into soups that are eating with fufu or can be eaten alone.
Some types of egusi are fried and eaten as snacks. (egusi cakes can also be made from
Also, check out the healthy and tasty Egusi soup.