Understanding Nigerian Spices - Uda
Another interesting spice indigenous to West Africa is the guinea or negro pepper locally known as uda. This spice is used for its aromatic crisp flavour. Has a slight bitter taste and could be peppery especially if you bite into the seeds.
Uda is one of the main ingredients in making popular Igbo delicacies such as pepper soup, isi ewu and nkowbi.
Uda is sold in its whole natural, long form, and also sold ground or in powder form though I prefer to buy the whole spice. To use I crush and add to soups. This ensures that the maximum strength of the aroma and flavours can be obtained.
Advice: Uda has a slight bitter taste so should be used in moderation.
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