Ukpo (Mucuna sloanei ) is used in preparing various soup as soup thickener. It is known as horse eye bean and with other local names in respect to different tribes and ethic groups. It is called “Ukpo” by Ibos, “Karasuu” by Hausas and “Yerepe” by Yourbas. In addition to their thickening property Ukpo has gelation properties used in soup. This is a desirable attribute for eating of garri, Fufu, pounded yam etc.