Cookbook:Locust Bean

Locust Bean
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Mature locust bean pods

The African locust bean, also called néré and dawadawa, is a product of the Parkia biglobosa tree. It should not be confused with carob, which also goes by the term locust bean. It is closely related to the bitter bean.



The pod has a red to brown exterior, surrounding a yellow pulp and a seed. Both the pulp and the seed are edible. The seeds are nutritionally valuable, with high fat and protein contents.



The seed can be fermented into a condiment called Iru.