- What is it?
Dawadawa comes from the African locust bean, a tree in the Fabaceae family. The name is from Nigeria where it is also popularly known as sumbala or sikomu. Harvesting seeds from the African locust bean to crush, ferment, and turn them into dawadawa has been an important economic, culinary, and medicinal tradition for several hundred years in that region, with evidence of its use as far back as the 14th century.
As for how dawadawa is made, the African locust bean’s seeds are extracted from its sweet, yellow pulp and boiled. They are then pounded, dried, and cleaned. Then they are boiled again, this time to create a sticky, fermented mixture. This mixture can be formed into balls or cakes, added to soups or stews, or of course made into powder, which is what Goldleaf has to offer. Take advantage, because while popular in West Africa, dawadawa is difficult to find elsewhere!
- How should I use it?
Typically, dawadawa serves as a seasoning in dishes like stews, curries, and rice dishes. Often, it is used with okra, seafood, and spinach or other greens. It pairs well with beef, lamb, and chicken as well as spices like cinnamon, garlic, and ginger. Some compare its taste to umami flavors common in Japanese ramen: rich in soy, tomato, and mushrooms.
- Facts and info
Nutritionally, African locust bean tree seeds contain significant amounts of calcium, fats, and protein. They are also a source of vitamin C, phosphorus, and potassium. Bark from the trees has been used in Africa to soothe toothache and speed up healing processes. The trees have even been shown by agronomy studies to benefit the growth and production of other plants growing near them.
- Why buy from Goldleaf?
Goldleaf Hydroponics works with a small farm in Ghana, West Africa, to bring the freshest, most diverse natural products to the United States and worldwide, including our Dawadawa Powder. Our small family business has a close relationship with the farmer and crew of 10 whose passion is for growing and farming in a way that is harmonious with nature. If you have any questions about our products or farming practices, please ask and we will be happy to chat by phone or email.
Free shipping and discreet packaging are included with all African goods. We ship most of these items via USPS and in vacuum sealed bags. All orders are fulfilled from our Bloomington, Indiana, retail store, and usually delivered within 2-3 days. Enjoy easy payment online via credit card or PayPal with the confidence of an American business. Call us for payment by check or cryptocurrency.
Goldleaf offers retail and wholesale pricing for bulk African orders. Please contact us at 1-812-500-0423 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any special requests or for bulk pricing by the kilogram.
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