FRIED UKWA (AFRICAN BREADFRUIT)

FRIED UKWA (AFRICAN BREADFRUIT)

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African breadfruits such as this fried ukwa are just an awesome recipes to always remember. What I admire most about this fried ukwa is that it is super delicious, tastier and easy to prepare; a bit different from the usual cooked ukwa dish.

Although I do enjoy eating fried ukwa quite a lot, I usually don’t fry them often. The combination of fried ukwa (ukwa eghere-eghe) paired with coconut or palm kernel nuts brilliantly unite together to make this snack a super ‘spot on’ that you will always want more  

Even though I decided to pass on the coconut or palm kernels, which the original recipe calls for, I am sure you will enjoy this fried ukwa (African Breadfruit) much as I did. I have no doubt that some people will be pondering what African breadfruit is all about.

African breadfruit (ukwa), botanically known as Treculia africana is a huge tree that is part of the Moraceae family. It grows mainly in the tropical regions and can grow up to 98 ft.

The African breadfruit are characterized by dark and large greenish leaves with grayish bark. The fruit is a popular staple food in the Ibo region of Nigeria and they call it ukwa in their dialect. The ukwa fruit is roundish, big and greenish yellow in appearance with a sort of spongy appearance when the fruit is ripe.

The ukwa fruit has many seeds when cut open and these seeds are the edible part of this fruit. African ukwa seeds are dicotyledonous in nature and they are mainly eaten as a main dish or as a snack when fried. Frying ukwa seeds are not an easy task at all and once done, it is such that you would always want to go for a second round.

The seeds are very unique due to their high nutritional value and distinguished taste. African breadfruit is highly proteinous, hence highly recommendable for everyone. The Treculia africana seeds can be fried with the skin on or without the skin but whichever method is still okay.

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  • Ihuoma

    Hello! I was wondering if it would be possible to buy/order ukwa anywhere in the United states? I’ve been craving to make this like crazy!

    • Hi Ihuoma,
      Glad to hear from you. Perhaps you can get it from African shops in the US but I can’t really be specific because I reside in the UK.

      Personally what I do is to ask my loved ones to buy it in large quantities from home and then send over to me, maybe you can consider this option as well.

      I hope this helps settle your cravings (LOL)

      Once again thanks for visiting my blog.
      Cheers

  • angie Odua

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been looking for the recipe for fried ukwa and I saw yours. Thanks so much. God bless you. I will try it to see how it’s going to turn out.

  • angie Oduah

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been looking for the recipe for fried ukwa and I saw yours. God bless you. I will try it to see how it’s going to turn out.

    • It is my pleasure Angie. Give the recipe a try and no doubt you will enjoy it

      Cheers ?