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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That is more than a pity; the seed could be an exceptional tool for nutritional intervention wherever protein-calorie malnutrition occurs. International Journal of Agricultural Research Volume 7 Perhaps this could open the door to the long-sought homemade weaning food containing both the high energy and the quality protein needed to combat protein-calorie malnutrition in the very young.

Fruit Skewers Fruit Kebab. Concentrated egusi-fruit-extract could even prove more profitable in international trade than egusi seed. However, roasted pumpkin seeds have become a fairly widespread snack in the United States; egusi could perhaps become mrlon counterpart.

The leaves and the gourds can also serve as livestock fodders. Variegated locusts eat Egusi Melon seedlings. This sprawling species is poorly adapted for mechanized operations. These kernels are covered with a shell which is usually removed before processing to any use.


Normally a fruit weighs between 0. Some mechanical properties of Egusi fruit were also determined, such as vertical and ebusi crushing forces Fig. Also, the rainfall is high 1, mm and well distributed throughout half the year April to October. They are glabrous or slightly scabrid, denticulate and about 24 cm long. There is, he says, no change in the color or texture of the resulting egusi flour.

It also grows successfully on soil of low fertility. Though not my favourite soup condiment but I know countless people that enjoy egusi soup to bits. In addition, continual sunshine and clean drying areas are vital, because if the seed starts germinating its value plummets. To the farmer, this is a boon. It uses have been identified in medicine, cosmetics and as a biodiesel feedstock. Egusi Melon plants closely resemble watermelon plants; both have a non climbing creeping habit and deeply cut lobed leaves.


It is originally from Africa, Mediterranean region and Asia and t he spherical fruit is greenish in colour when young but changes to slight yellow once ripe. Egusi is increasingly exported to Europe. The study aimed to develop a standardisation protocol for the anti-arthritic effects of the hydroalcoholic extract that contains cucurbitacin glycoside and quercetin. Egusi Seeds are available all year round. Mechanical properties of the fruit is determined by subjecting the fruit to loading in different orientations and crushed between the swindles of a Texture Profile Analyzer TPAwith load cell of 30 kg at test speed of 2 mm sec -1 until breakage of the fruit was achieved.


During this time the pulp decays. The results suggest that egusi seeds have good potential for fortifying both traditional and modern food formulations. Generally, two or three seeds are placed in holes about 2 cm deep.

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Dgusi Ohijeagbon, and H. The egusi plant is a vine with a non-climbing creeping habit. Cooking and Nutrition Dehulled seeds may melo roasted for eating out of hand. Treatment of Boils and Carbuncles Boils and carbuncles are inflamed, red, painful lumps that can develop on any part of the skin. Moisture-dependent physical and melin properties of safflower seeds. A CookbookAuthorHouse,p.

It is a good source of amino acid s such as arginine, vitamins B1, Vitamins B2, niacin, tryptophan and methionine and minerals such as zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, manganese, calcium, lead, chloride and magnesium Onyeike and Acheru The seed has occasionally been exported to Europe for processing into vegetable oil.

The spongy white pulp contains several melon seeds that are mostly used for culinary purposes. Seeds The seeds are shelled dehulled and the kernel is ground into a flour. Maximum length, width, thickness and mass of samples were