Irú is a type of fermented
locust beans used as a condiment in cooking. It is similar to ogiriand douchi. It is very popular among the Yoruba peopleof Nigeria. It is used in cooking soups like egusi soupand ogbono soup
It can be found fresh or dried. The fresh variety is usually wrapped in
moimoileaves, which are similar in appearance and texture to bananaleaves. It has a pungent smell.
The dried variety is flattened into discs or cakes for sale. Dried iru is weaker in flavor and pungency then fresh iru (though frying dried iru in cooking oil will restore much of the flavor). The dried variety stores very well in
In the fermentation, the reducing sugar content increases, and the total free amino acid content decreases, and ultimately there is a large increase in free amino acid content. [http://www.springerlink.com/content/q747434442605863/ Biochemical changes in fermented melon (egusi) seeds (Citrullis vulgaris)Journal of Industrial Microbiology and BiotechnologyPublisher Springer Berlin / HeidelbergISSN 1367-5435 (Print) 1476-5535 (Online)Issue Volume 6, Number 3 / November, 1990 ]
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