Negro pepper is also known as Uda seed is a pungent spice normally used in flavoring foods in most parts of the world. Negro pepper botanically called Xylopiaaethiopica of the Annonaceae family.
African pepper the famous grain of Selim that looks more like a twisted small bean pod is a seed of African shrubby tree; that grows throughout Africa.
However, in Nigeria varieties of dish is been cooked with negro pepper more especially Nigerian pepper soup. Basically, cooking any form of pepper soup in Nigeria without adding Uda spice is no pepper soup at all; it’s a must-use spice and a very important ingredient in making pepper soup.
In Nigerian dishes, each meal contains some seasoning and spices that give a unique taste of such a meal. In other words, this spicy chili soup is a prime combination of flavor and natural goodness; of a traditional Nigerian pepper soup dish.
Other Names of Negro Pepper
- African pepper
- Ethiopian pepper
- Senegal pepper
- Chimba in Hausa
- Uda seed – in Igbo language
- Eeru Alamo -Yoruba
- Kili pepper
- Kani pepper
- Selim pepper
Negro Pepper Health Benefits
Negro pepper contains Zinc, Copper, protein, manganese, Folic Acid, Alkaloids, Limonene, Flavonoid, Diterpenic, Vitamin A; Vitamin B1, B2, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, therefore, consuming this African pepper can help fight the following illnesses.
Cures Diseases of the Respiratory System
Recent studies have shown that the bark of the Uda tree has certain properties that can elevate cold; bacterial pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.
Similarly, in other to protect yourself from such disease; it is best to avoid exposure to harmful environmental substances like tobacco smoke; dusk, chemicals, vapors, and fumes that may lead to infections.
Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in the world; and is caused by parasites that spread to people through infectious mosquito bites. Furthermore, the report shows that there are more cases of malaria annually; resulting in a high death rate. These are the common symptoms of malaria includes fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and cough.
Uda seed is packed with some powerful antimalarial properties; which means it can be used to create local remedies to reduce the risk of malaria in the human body.
Great Cure for Skin Problems
Boiled Uda seeds are proven to be a great cure to treat skin conditions; ranging from boils, skin cracking, and itching. Do you struggle with skin problems well all you need is Negro pepper.
Hold up Rheumatism aside
Rheumatism is a chronic pain on your joints, connective tissue, and muscles. If you are struggling with this disease Uda seed especially the bark; because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.
Negro pepper and Fibroid
It is reported that this seed is equally used to treat fibroid on its early stage.
Negro pepper and fertility
Negro chili pepper may reduce a person’s haemoglobin concentration which is not good for someone trying to conceive. Traditionally, its being used for family planning though with a recipe on how to make it.
Treat Menstrual Problem
It can be used to treat amenorrhea; in traditional medicine, Uda is use to increase blood flow during menstruation.