Irú / Eware (Fermented & Processed 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
  • 1lbs
  • 5lbs
  • 50lbs
Item will be shipped in 1-2 business days
  Ask a Question   Chat Now
SKU: LB101 Categories: , Tags: , , , ,

Barcode (ISBN, UPC, GTIN, etc.)

Fermented and processed locust beans is very popular among the Yoruba people and Edo people of Nigeria. It is used in cooking traditional soups like egusi soup, okro soup, Ewedu soup and ogbono soup. Among the Manding-speaking people of West Africa irú is known as sumbala. The Yorubas classify iru into two types: Iru Woro which is commonly use in making stew and Iru Pete which is used in making ewedu and egusi soup.

It can be found fresh or dried. The fresh variety is usually wrapped in moimoi leaves , which are similar in appearance and texture to banana leaves. It has a very pungent smell.

The dried variety is flattened into discs or cakes for sale. Dried iru is weaker in flavor and pungency than fresh (though frying dried iru in cooking oil will restore much of the flavor). The dried variety stores very well in freezers.

The most valuable part of the locust beans are high in lipid(29%), protein(35%), and carbohydrate(16%). It is a good source of calcium and fat for rural dwellers.

During fermentation, the reducing sugar content increases, and the total free amino acid content initially decreases; in the end, however, there is a large increase in free amino acid content.[

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Weight (Pounds)

1lbs, 5lbs, 50lbs

No more offers for this product!

Shipping Policy

 Follyjaystoreafricanstore ships within USA.  All orders will be processed and shipped within 1-2 business days  (excl. weekends, holidays) after payment is confirmed. You are responsible for entering the correct delivery address for your package to ensure timely receipt of product. Make sure you are shipping to a secure location. We are not responsible for stolen packages.

Refund Policy

We want our customers to be satisfied with their items, that is why we try our best to deliver GOLDEN services. Before every package leaves our facility, it is carefully checked, and we ensure that we do not send damaged or broken items to our customers.

There are no refunds/returns/exchanges for Perishable goods.

For non-perishable goods - Returns must be made within 7 days from the date of delivery to be eligible for a refund. No refunds/returns/exchanges AFTER 7 DAYS. 

If the product is damaged due to the removal or opening of the product, exchange or return is not possible even within 7 days of receipt of the product.

When returning a product, the customer is responsible for the shipping cost.

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy


When you place an order with us please note that the liability is between you and the shipping company. We do not make any exceptions to this policy.

General Inquiries

There are no inquiries yet.

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review

Main Menu

Irú / Eware (Fermented & Processed Locust Beans)


Add to cart
Chat Now
Chat Now
Questions, doubts, issues? We're here to help you!
None of our operators are available at the moment. Please, try again later.
Our operators are busy. Please try again later
Have you got question? Write to us!
This chat session has ended
Was this conversation useful? Vote this chat session.
Good Bad