Uda seed (also commonly known as Negro pepper) is an aromatic spice with lots of amazing health benefits to offer.
Uda seed is known as Negro pepper or Grains of Selim in the English language, Erunje or Erinje in Yoruba language, Uda in Igbo language and Kimba in the Hausa language.
Uda seeds boast of plenty of useful health benefits because of their rich phytochemical profile and antioxidant properties.
Uda seeds have potent qualities which are powerful in treating respiratory diseases like common cold, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis. It is also used traditionally for its anti-arthritic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them effective in the treatment of rheumatic disorders, including arthritic pain and other joint related problems.
How To Cook With Cloves
Whole or ground cloves are used to flavor sauces, soups and rice dishes.
Whole cloves are either removed before serving or picked out of the dish. Even when cooked, whole cloves have a very hard, woody texture that would be unpleasant to bite into.
Cloves also feature in any number of desserts, especially ground cloves, and particularly around the holidays. Think eggnog or pumpkin pie spice. Cloves are often paired with cinamon or nutmeg but in general, it's a good idea to use cloves sparingly.
For a stronger flavor, grind the seeds either by using a pepper mill or spice grinder, or manually with a mortar and pestle until pulverized.
How To Store
Cloves should be stored in an airtight container, preferably in a cool and dark place. Whole cloves will retain their potency longer than ground cloves, remaining fresh for about a year compared to three months for ground cloves.