The seed is ground dried and when used as a soup thickener, produces a thick slippery gelatinous mixture, with a "very rich very earthly" unique flavor also rich in protein.
Like okra, it is used in preparing "draw soup" that brings in a mouth watering tang flavor to the African palate. this soups (draw soups) are popular and found very appetizing, as well as easy eaten because they are great lubricants, helping to slid bolus of starch dough or foofoos down the throat.
Ogbono seed is obtained by collecting the bush mango's seed, split this to obtain a pearly white ovoid kernel that is sun dried.
The kernel is then ground into a powdery form, used as the food thickener. Ogbolo or apon or dika, etima, is perhaps the most powerful of food thickener known to Africans.
A little is need to tremendously increase the viscosity of the soup been cooked.
Traditionally, leafy vegetables, stock fish, dried chili peppers, ground crayfish, kpomo or cow skin, bush meat and other assorted meat are used in preparing the soup that derives its name from this seed.
... A word of warning: when using ogbono seed, make sure you avoid those with damp or greenish brown mold. Those infested with mold should be selected out and thrown away. They contain fungi that produce afla-toxins implicated in some liver diseases.
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