Enerem Fresh Locust Beans/African Fermented Locust Bean/Dadawa/Iru 8oz Locust bean- a type of fermented and processed locust bean- is commonly referred to as iru by Yorubas and ‘ogiri’, ‘dawa dawa’ by Igbos in Nigeria. It is a local seasoning or condiment used in soups and stews. It is a very popular soup ingredient and globally, it is referred to as African locust bean with the botanical name as Parkia biglobosa.
Locust beans have a high nutritional value, indicating that they are a good source of macro and micronutrients.
The locust bean seeds are also used as cattle and poultry feed.
Lipids, proteins, carbs, fats, and calcium are all abundant in locust beans.
Iru (fermented locust beans) has been used for centuries across West Africa for its delicious and healthful properties. Rich in protein and natural fats, it imparts a deep umami flavor to savory or sweet dishes. It’s the fermented bean of the Nigerian Locust Tree and it has an incredible, complex flavor, somewhere in between chocolate, miso, and cheese.
Despite its wide applications across West African cuisine, it’s still surprisingly difficult to find in the US, especially in dry bean form.
- Origin: Ilaro, Ogun State, Nigeria
- Aliases: Dadawa / dawadawa, ogiri, ogirisi, ugba, netetou, kainda, soumbala
- Process: Boiled, fermented and sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% fermented locust beans (Parkia biglobosa)
- Tasting notes: Dark Chocolate • Roasted Nuts • Mild Cheese • Miso