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Benefit of scent leaf and How to make pepper soup with scent leaf
Pepper soup is a delicious spicy delicacy that is usually consumed both in the cold and at night, in a moment of leisure and relaxation. The name “Pepper Soup” does not mean that the dish is spicy, although most people prefer it a little spicier. In this article, we will be discussing about the benefits of scent leaf and how to make pepper soup with scent leaf.
In addition with the ingredients and tools needed to make pepper soup with scent leaves and how to proceed in the cooking process.
The Nigerian pepper soup recipe has super relieving powers when given to a person who has the flu; not only relieves sore throat but also keeps the body warm. It is considered one of the most demanded dishes in Nigeria as it has superpowers for various health conditions.
Pepper and Scent Leaf Soup is a perfect combination for everyone, it is a combination of several nutrients that are of great importance for human health, and it also gives pepper soup a sweet aroma.
The health benefits of scent leaf
The scent leaf is native to Nigeria, Ghana, and some parts of Africa and Asia. The home-grown shrub is found in farms, gardens that, due to their aromatic taste, are mainly used as a spice to cook delicacies. It is a vegetable seasoning that gives every meal a delicious, unique taste and sweet aroma. Any meal with a scent leaf will make your mouth water, but there’s more to it. Plants have many antibacterial, fungicidal, and larvicidal properties. The scent foliage plays a prominent role in the treatment and prevention of diseases and infections. It also contains vital bioactive compounds such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin A, which are essential for human health.
In Nigeria, the scent leaf is common among the various tribes in the country. It is known as ‘Efirin’ in Yoruba, ‘Ahuju’ or ‘Nchanwu’ in Igbo, ‘Ganyen Kamsh’ or ‘Doddo Ya’ in Hausa, Edo’s “Aramogbo”, Ibibios “Ntonng” and some parts of Ijaw call it “Ekeni .”
It is mainly used as a local ingredient for cooking ‘Ofe Akwu’, chili soups, yampap, Jollof beans, Jollof rice, ‘Ukwa’, and many others. Also, the Benin people use it to cook soups like ‘Ogbono’, Egusi. It is especially recognized for cooking various delicacies.
The scent leaf is not only loved for its aroma but is also known for its health benefits. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and vitamin A. The oils in the scent leaf are known to have antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, which is why it is called “fever leaf”.
Research shows that many benefits can be gained from consuming scent leaves. The scent leaf is highly nutritious and is also a well-known fertility booster. It is rich in vitamin A, which helps to promote good vision. When a sufficient amount of scent leaf is consumed, it helps prevent xerophthalmia. The calcium and magnesium found in it lower bad cholesterol and increase blood circulation, improving heart function.
The scent leaf aids in the rapid digestion of food have a calming effect on the stomach and aids in bowel movements. It can lower blood sugar levels and also protect the pancreatic islets that produce insulin from damage.
The leaves can be harvested or cut and placed in residential areas to serve as a defense against flies, mosquitoes, and other insects, reducing the population of mosquitoes and houseflies in homes. As a result, the incidence of malaria diseases caused by these mosquitoes and houseflies is reduced. When crumpled and smeared in the skin infection, it aids in your treatments. Its ability to increase vascular permeability makes it widely used in the treatment and dressing of wounds, boils, and pimples. It contains compounds such as epigenin, fenkhon, and eugenol that maintain optimal penile health and sperm vitality thus facilitating erection in men.
In addition to the health benefits, the versatility is also incredible. Scent leaf can be used in beans, jollof rice, chili soup, local rice, stew, spicy chicken, nkwobi, isi ewu, yampap, banana porridge. That is why most families who know its values may want to have it in their home. Some cook it, squeeze it, smear it and drink it, and it’s been proven that people who do this regularly almost never get sick. Hence, it is advised that people do not neglect this herb.
Before consumption, however, we must keep in mind that medicinal herbs can be just as potent as prescription drugs. In some cases, it may interact with some medications. As such, it should be handled with extreme caution.
How to make pepper soup with scent leaf
Ingredients and utensils needed on how to make pepper soup with scent leaf are:
- Meat (beef or goat)
- Habanero pepper (rodo)
- Red bell pepper (tatashe)
- Scent Leaf
- Black Pepper
- Gas or stove
Basic preparation before you start cooking
Before proceeding on how to make pepper soup with scent leaf, let’s look at the basic preparation before start our cooking.
- Wash the meat well to remove blood and dirt, then cut it into smaller pieces
- Cut the red pepper and habanero (tatashe and squeegee) into smaller pieces or mix with a grater
- Cut the onions into smaller pieces
Steps On How to make Pepper Soup with Scent Leaf
- Pour your washed meat into a pan
- Add spices, salt, thyme, nutmeg, and onion
- Turn on your gas or stove and put your pot of meat on it
- After 2 minutes, add some water (the amount of water added should match the amount of meat)
- After 20 minutes, add the black pepper.
- After another 20 minutes, add the mixed paprika.
- Then add your washed scented leaves too
- Add some salt and let it heat for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, your pepper soup made with scent leaf is ready to be served.
What can you eat with this pepper soup?
- White rice
- Boiled banana
- Boiled yam
The scent leaf, on the other hand, is an aromatic herb that contains vital bioactive compounds such as tannins, phenols, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A and more, all of which are essential for human health.