Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Food profile: Uziza seeds “Piper guineese”(mkpuru uziza, Ashanti pepper)

Uziza pepper also known as Ashanti pepper, benin pepper, false cubeb e.t.c is a common spice used in Nigerian dishes. It’s hot, bitter, aromatic and has so many medicinal uses. The leaves are known as uziza leaves and are used in soups. The pepper is used in Nigerian soups where it gives it a “hot” and pungent aroma. It’s quite expensive and therefore used sparingly. Most of the time, its added to pepper soups and given to women after child birth to cleanse the womb

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  1. Anonymous10:25 am

    I like uziza soup especially it's egusi soup. It is very aromatic & nutritious.

  2. Dobby,Pardon my ignorance. Is it the same as black pepper?

    1. Hello Elizabeth! No, black pepper "Piper nigrum" is different from Ashanti pepper "Piper guineese". Though they are almost the same since they are of the same genus "Piper" but different species.

  3. Anonymous5:50 pm

    I luv dis Uziza leaf. It remains d best delicacy to add while cooking okro ogbono, egusi, vegetable, afang ans yam pepper soup !

  4. Where can I buy uziza pepper? Are there websites that sell it? Thanks in advance.

  5. Anonymous3:27 pm

    Please is it the same as pepper corn?

    1. Anonymous7:13 am

      No it is not. Pepper corn is Black Pepper. This is different but similar.

  6. Hi, am looking for a buyer for Ashanti Pepper, we can supply any quatity. We are based in Uganda. For any inquiry Pliz contact us thanks


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