Treculia africana is a species of tree known as 'African breadfruit'. Most common referred to as ukwa. Ukwa is an edible traditional fruit, consumed, for example in Nigeria, where it is eaten as a main dish. The seeds are of particular interest because of their high nutrition value. Fresh seeds contain 38.3% carbohydrate, 17.7% crude protein and 15.9% fat. Readily available in many developing African countries, UKWA can be an alternative to rice and yam.]The seeds of can be ground to flour, pressed for oil and used as flavouring in alcoholic drinks. It is known that African breadfruit is a good adjunct in brewing because it is a source of fermentable sugars.
“Ukwa” (Igbo), “afon” (Yoruba), “barafuta” (Hausa), “Ize” (Benin), “eyo” (Igala) and “edikang” (Efik).
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