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Egusi Melon is cultivated in portions of West Africa, especially in Western Nigeria, for the food in the seed and as a crop interplanted with maize, cassava. A study of two cultivars of ‘egusi’ melon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsun and Nakai] known as bara and serewe, was undertaken at the. Melon seed (egusi) is a popular food crop in Nigeria and other African countries that comes with lots of health benefits which are vital for children, young and old, .

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Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Four weeks after planting, flowering occurs and vines form a nearly complete ground cover, suppressing weed growth.


If the melon seeds are shelled, geusi do not last as long because in this state, it is easier for them to pick up moisture and become mouldy. They are used like the seeds of egusi. Botanically speaking, egusi-ito is a monoecious, partially drought-resistant curcurbit. Meoon annual growing plant usually spreads on the ground or climb any nearby tree or evusi. In addition, the plant might thrive in the Central Asian republics, whose aridity makes many crops difficult to grow.

In general, however, the kernel contains about 50 percent oil, 30 percent nelon, 10 percent carbohydrate, 4 percent ash, and 3 percent fiber. How about cool conditions? Egusi Melon is cultivated in portions of West Africa, especially in Western Nigeria, for the food in the seed and as a crop interplanted with maize, cassava, or other crops. Egusi could thus be a vital tool against marasmus, kwashiorkor, and other debilitations.


The seeds are then dried and the light brown husks removed by hand or mechanically. How to cite this article: Given its closeness to watermelon which tolerates acidity as extreme as pH 5egusi should be excellent for areas suffering jelon the burden of laterite, the red, mostly barren, acid soil that dominates many tropical regions. One advantage over soybean is that egusi seeds need no processing…there are no antinutritional ingredients to remove.

Contact Us Member Options. Likely, it stretches from Senegal to Sudan and perhaps as far south as Congo.

Egusi (Melon) Seeds

The biological value, net protein utilization, and protein-efficiency-ratio proved comparable to or higher than those of standard oilseeds.

Egusi Seeds are available all year round. There is a crying need for critical studies of how to achieve the greatest productivity. Egusi Melon seeds are larger than watermelon seeds, and they are light colored.

And this highly mmelon lipid is widely used. Soluble sugars and starch make up the bulk of the carbohydrates. Often the plant is grown alone. The seed oil may be extracted for use in cooking. Normally, fields of crops such as eggusi. In Nigeria during the planting season more thanhectares were reportedly planted to it. That species is indeed very popular, thanks to its productivity and food quality.

Basically, they come in three separate forms: How to Make Nigerian Cake. These notably include the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum and the cigarette beetle Lasioderma serricone. These dimensions are important in machine design and transportation or fruit sorting, as discussed by Rafiee et al. Each plant bears between egusii to thirty melon fruits. The research leader, John Cherry, is convinced the crop has a future.

The egusi plant is a vine with a non-climbing creeping habit. Readings were taken on fresh fruits by randomly selecting fruits samples for the basic dimensions.


The plant is even less well known, it grows in wetter, more humid locations, and is a climber that is often grown up over the roofs of village houses.


Peradventure you are keen on planting egusi melon by yourself, here are the easiest steps on how you can go about this. Corned Beef Stew Spaghetti Sauce. While watermelon pulp is sweet, edible and reddish in colour, the egusi melon pulp is bitter, non-edible and slightly whitish in colour. This is to keep out weevils and moisture. Thick mayonnaise-type emulsions form in the alkaline pH range and a stable foam forms at pH 5.

An intercrop of egusi cuts that to one. It survives on impoverished sites and in forest clearings, as well as in some of the most climatically challenged locales. For one thing, consumers may not immediately take to eating a ,elon seed.

Looking for other ways to read this? Al-Snafi reports that the fruit and root of the egusi plant can be mashed and mixed with water. Although the egusi melon fruit has a similar physical appearance with watermelon, yet they are both different from each other. Green Vegetable Garnish A tasty side egysi that will pimp up your dishes from 0 to in no time!

Moisture-dependence of density, Coefficient of friction and angle of repose of guna seeds and mflon. In better-watered areas with reasonable soil the eguwi averages five fruits per plant.