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Ewedu Soup Recipe and Health Benefits

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Ewedu Soup

Ewedu Soup Recipe and Health Benefits: learn how to prepare Ewedu soup, the necessary recipes and its health benefits. Ewedu is one of the popular soup made in Nigeria by the Yoruba ethnic group but some people from other ethnic groups in Nigeria who live or grew up there love to make the soup as well in their different homes, not only because it tastes great but also for its health benefits.  

What is Ewedu about?

This question usually comes from those who may not have heard or seen Ewedu soup and don’t know what it taste like. Ewedu is known as Jute or Molokhia leaves and Ayoyo for Hausa, its botanical name is corchorous olitoris. It can be planted at any time of the season but in a well drained Loamy soil that is rich in organic matter. It Is also eaten by many countries apart from Nigeria. Ewedu is a  very rich sources of fiber and it’s low in calories but high in vitamins. It is also a good Farm business to do and its less expensive at the market.

Ewedu leaves
Ewedu leaves

What are the Health Benefits of Ewedu Soup?

Ewedu is rich in Vitamin A,C and E, this vitamins helps in beautifying the skin. This vitamins increase production of collagen in the body, which makes the skin more firm and beautiful and prevent aging. It also contain Protein, Carbohydrate, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron. The vitamin E there helps to reduce pains, it strengthens the Bones and Teeth which is so good for children. Omega 3 in Ewedu helps to improve the function of the brain,which is good as well for growing kids it improve their brainpower.

Ewedu is rich in fiber, therefore regular intake of the leaves help to control blood pressure, cholesterol build-up, diabetes, lowers the risk of asthma, cancer, and also prevents heart disease. The leaf has been known to be a remedy for pregnant women experiencing prolonged labour. When a pregnant woman is experiencing prolonged labour, a bunch of ewedu leaves squeezed with the stem can be given to her to drink. It has also been discovered to aid milk secretion in lactating mothers and also very good for children

How to prepare Ewedu soup

Ingredients for Ewedu Soup

Ewedu Leaves, Powdered Potash (Akanwu for Igbo, Kaun for Yoruba), Water( according to the Ewedu quantity you have but little cause it draws), Ewedu Broom ( Ejabe) or Blender, Salt to taste, Maggi, Crayfish, Chilly Pepper to taste.

How to Prepare

  • When its bought, Gently pick the leaves without the stem
  • Pour it into a bowl with lots of water, wash or rinse the leaves in a way the sands on the leaf would settle below the bowl
  • Pour some cups of water into the cooking pot, allow it to heat to its boiling point
  • Soak the half teaspoon of Potash into a half cup of water
  • Pour the leaves into the boiling water and sieve in the dissolved Potash water into the point.( potash helps soften the leaves)
  • I would prefer you leave the pot open, while you cook for at most 10mins
  • Use the broom made for this soup( Ejabe) to mash or more like pound the leaves together inside the pot continuously for 5mins, the leaves will turn very tiny and it will draw or if you’re using Blender which is easier and faster, instead of mashing and Pounding, pure the boiled Ewedu into the blender and blend till its very tender, Then pure it back into the cooking pot
  • Add the Fish, blended Crayfish, Salt and Pepper to taste and Maggi, you can add Fresh Locust Beans (Iru or Dawa dawa)  to it if you want
  • Allow it to boil for 3-5mims. Then the Ewedu soup is reading    
A detailed guide on how to make a tasty ewedu soup
Ewedu Soup

This can be taken just the way it is which is good for kids when served with Eba or Amala or people who like to drinks it.

Most homes or events, Ewedu soup is usually served with Amala, Eba, Semo, Pounded Yam, Wheat, gbegiri and stew which is called Omi Obe , the stew which can be use to serve white Rice as well .


I hope this guides and information opens up your understanding about Ewedu and all its benefits. it’s very good and a delicious meal.

Make sure you follow the procedures right and you will be just fine. Commit to getting started today and don’t worry if you’ve made any mistake in the past that didn’t yield any perfect result. Don’t get tired of giving it another trial.

Howbeit, if you have any questions, kindly drop it at the comment section below and i will get back to you ASAP

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