Egusi – Grounded melon seeds

Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 33 customer ratings
(33 customer reviews)

Egusi ground melon seeds 100 natural

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New to egusi? Egusi, also known as melon seed is widely used in the preparation of a number of African food dishes, including egusi soup, egusi pepper soup, okra

Shelled melon seeds

and egusi vegetable soup, egusi fried vegetable. A very rich, but expensive vegetable oil is also produced from this seed.

In West Africa, a region where soups are integral to life, Egusi is a major soup ingredient and a common component of daily meals. Coarsely ground up, they thicken stews and contribute to widely enjoyed steamed dumplings. Some are soaked, fermented, boiled, and wrapped in leaves to form a favorite food seasoning. Families in some West African countries can eat the crop year-round and it is in high demand from countries in the Central African sub-regions too.

The seeds are often shelled and can be eaten individually as a snack, many processed forms of the seeds have made their way into common cooking practices. After soaking, fermenting, or boiling, the seeds take on different flavors and are frequently added to thicken soups and stews. On their own, the seeds can also be roasted and ground into a spread like peanut butter. With further preparation, egusi-seed meal can be pressed into patties to be used like a meat substitute.





  • 78 % of the fat is unsaturated fatty acid, which is protective to the heart.
  • The alpha-tocopherol found in egusi is a component of vitamin E that helps in maintaining smooth young skin and good fertility.
  • It also contains palmitic, stearic, linoleic and oleic acids important in protecting the heart.
  • The egusi can also be an important supplementary baby food, helping prevent malnutrition.
  • Blending the seeds with water and honey produces a milky liquid that can be used as formula if breast milk is unavailable.

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Weight 0.499 lbs

1lb/16oz, 2lbs/32oz

33 reviews for Egusi – Grounded melon seeds

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    JF Customer

    This is a great alternative to Whey protein – since it has more nutritional value and more natural. If you see the way Whey is made – there is a lot of processing involved, while Whey is a very well known and proven supplement, it is always better to keep circulating protein supplements so that you body will also get to use different nutrients.
    What I really like as compared to Whey: No bloating, Whey causes bloating if I take it on an empty stomach, with this – absolutely no bloating
    * More micronutrients as compared to Whey.
    The best thing I was able to make this was Protein Shakes – add some cocao powder and Stevia and you have a wonderful shake

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this egusi. Ive attached a video and picture of egusi stew i cooked 2 different times using this egusi powder and all turned out perfect.
    I tried a different brand from a local store and was disastrous. I’m never letting go of this egusi again!!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5



  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    We loved it & it arrived sooner than expected!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have had Egusi from the local store before. This was my first time ordering online. I was encouraged by the positive reviews, and Iam so glad I did! Well packaged, fast arrival, looks clean, up to date contemporary packaging, and cooks real easily. My last egusi batch from the local store was a disappointment, but this has definitely made me fan of egusi once again. It is fun to experiment with as an all purpose thickener, adds flavor, etc. Good buy, no regrets!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very lovely egusi and well packaged. Package can be re-sealed after opening. Money well spent!!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5


    I am practicing African culinary. I used this to make my egusi soup. The JEB Foods Egusi melon seeds are fine. The product arrived on time and was fresh. I think that the soup is an acquired taste for me. I have to get used to it.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was an unknown product to us, so we are still experimenting with it.
    Some observations:
    Good size 1 pound package,
    The particles are very tiny, The contents feel moist, Pleasant smell, When mixed with other ingredients, it has what may be a real ethnic fragrance unique to its African origin Good as soup thickener or in stews
    An Excellent Product. Good to try New Things!
    John J. Hogan

  9. Rated 4 out of 5


    I have never tried ground melon seeds before. They taste quite well, and they smell fresh. I added some to baking bread, and also to soup as a thickener. It adds nice flavor and thickens a bit, depending on how much I use. They printed a recipe for use on the back of the package, and you can google more uses for it. It is a nice addition to my pantry arsenal.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    JF customer

    Egusi is primarily used to thicken soup, and it works well for Nigerian soups, which is what it is intended for. There are several recipes that you can find online, simply by looking up Egusi recipes. I ordered it to use in smoothies. If you look online, you can find a recipe for smoothies, but really you can put whatever fruit in there, that you want. I used almond milk, mango, banana and 2 tablespoons of Egusi. It helped thicken up the smoothie, and added protein to it. I thought it tasted good. So, if you are looking for other uses, then give this a try.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Egusi is on point

  12. Rated 4 out of 5


    I had never used egusi before so this was completely new to me. There is a recipe for egusi soup on the back, but I used it as a flour/starch substitute in soup. The first thing I noticed when opening the bag was the smell. It had a pleasant aroma. When using it to thicken soup, I found that I needed to use about the same amount of flour as egusi to get the same consistency. Small balls of the egusi clumped together and even after stirring vigorously they remained. There was no difference in the taste and I would not have been able to tell there was any difference in the preparation except for the clumps. The clumps of egusi did not really taste like anything to me maybe because the soup overpowered it or the egusi was very subtle. For me, the only thing the egusi did was give the soup a little more texture which wasn’t bad. I probably would not get this again for my purposes due to the price, but I did enjoy experiencing it.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr. E

    This egusi or ground melon seed smells and tastes fresh. A friend originally from near the coast of Nigeria concurs that it is of good quality and is ground to the correct consistency.
    Egusi is mostly frequently used as the base for a stew (to which it lends its name) that is called a soup and somewhat resembles gumbo. Egusi works well as a thickener and also adds significant fat and other nutrients, as expected from seeds.
    A recipe is provided on the label or there are hundreds of variations available on the internet. A preferred method is to fry the egusi in palm oil and then add the protein, vegetables, stock, and seasonings. The egusi can also be used to form soft dumplings that are then cooked in the soup.
    The resealable plastic bag that I received has a best by date about a year from receipt. It is best to use it quickly, but refrigeration will help keep it fresh.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5


    First time user of Egusi but I found that it adds an interesting textural quality to soups/stews and is nice to have in the rotation for those looking to experiment with variants beyond your standard rice/barley/quinoa type ingredients.This product comes in a clear, resealable plastic bag containing approximately 1 pound of ground melon seeds. The product is very high in a variety of vitamins and minerals and is full of protein and healthy fats (40% protein and 40% fat). Definitely worth giving a try if you’re at all curious.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had never heard of Egusi before, but enjoy trying new foods. I looked online and found many Nigerian soups and stews which incorporate the Egusi ground melon, and which also use ground Crawfish (See pic of JEB FOODS dried ground crawfish next to this JEB FOODS Egusi). There was a recipe on back of the Egusi package as well, but which was quite a large recipe, using about 10 oz of the 16 oz bag, so I just went with a smaller recipe I found online and substituted chicken for the beef (that’s what I had) and coconut oil for the red palm oil. I cooked the egusi separately at first in stock (see the pic containing the white soup-like meal), using what the internet described as the “fry” method. This apparently provides some nice lumps for texture and interest.
    The egusi out of the bag tastes very neutral but pleasant, almost like coarsely ground almond meal, and in the cooking process w stock and water, it absorbed the liquid very quickly (just a few minutes boiling), so I added more water twice to get a runnier stew-like consistency. The texture of cooked egusi is not smooth like cream of wheat, but while it does get softer, it keeps it’s grainy consistency, like cooked ground almonds would. Eating this stew, I felt it had a hearty feel and pleasant taste. The dish felt very home-y, like something you’d find very satisfying, esp. if you grew up eating this. I don’t have any experience to compare this particular brand’s egusi with any other brand, but this JEB FOODS Egusi came very nicely ground and fresh smelling and tasting, and worked in the recipe well. This egusi makes a tasty stew dish, that also provides a great deal of healthy nutrition.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    This egusi is moist and mildly fragrant. Its fat content (unsaturated) adds richness to the ground melon seeds. One of the Nigerian soup recipes I found on the internet suggested substituting ground pumpkin seeds in place of the ground melon seeds are unavailable. I mention this because although different, this substitution reveals a similarity in the mild nutty flavor.
    The prepared soup was a delicious choice—primarily tomato based with a couple hot peppers, fresh spinach (or other greens), chopped onion, peanut oil, shrimp and I substituted chicken for the beef. I plan to try forming the egusi into patties as vegetarian replacement for burgers. Sturdy re-sealable bag, refrigerate after opening.

  17. Rated 4 out of 5


    This gets kind of tofu-like when prepared correctly, but it has its own (delicious) flavor, and it doesn’t have the estrogenic properties of soy.
    It will also thicken soups and sauces (you can strain out the lumps – if you do so go ahead and eat them).

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    I was looking at trying this primarily as a thickening agent. We’re a very gravy-oriented family and using flour or starch to thicken things has always bugged me. My only concern was that it would add too much flavor on its own, and change the way our favorites tasted. Really, though, in all aspects of pertinent thickening agents, egusi was flat out amazing.

  19. Rated 4 out of 5


    We’re not very big on soups here, so we haven’t used it that way, but I’ve tasted several pinches just to get a feel for it. Opening the bag, it seems slightly moist but not cakey. When it first hits my tongue, there’s a slight grit to it, but it melts nearly instantly. It seems to have an extremely mild flavor by itself. Just a vague kind of pleasant mildness, nothing specific.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    JF Customer

    We’ve used it with 1 stew, 1 pot roast, and 5 just plain beef gravy so far and it performed well. We could tell no change in the flavor of our time-honored family recipes, but there was a definite texture difference.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    While flour almost inevitably has lumps, when done right, starch can be smooth. The problem there is the thicker you want the sauce/gravy, the more you have to use and there comes a point where you can definitely taste it. The egusi eliminated both of those issues for us.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5


    First, it took about half the amount of flour I’d normally use, to get the same thickness. It was only maybe a bit less starch, but the thing was the egusi just melts into the pot. No need to get a cup of liquid and fork mix the flour/starch in to make it work better. If we’re in a really thick-gravy mood, I can add more and it does not affect the flavor. The only thing it does physically affect is the smoothness and richness. It really does add body nicely.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5


    I love the idea of it allowing use of what might often be thrown away. It’s high in protein and a few vitamins. The oil it naturally contains is cholesterol-free. And it works like a dream. I’ll be happy when we can find a way to make healthy options less “”premium”” and more accessible to everyone, but if used as an ingredient instead of as a food itself, it’s a lot more affordable. With that in mind, I can recommend egusi as good stuff

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    I found this is a great thickener in stew. I am going away from starch and gluten so this is a great alternative. I found it did not change the taste of my stew. I did have to use a good amount to get it to where I needed it but over all really pleased wit this..

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    I am new to ground melon seeds but am adding them to breadcrumbs and the like for coating veggies. I can’t tell much difference and don’t know the impact health-wise that I am intended to feel but it seems like a healthier option than straight bread crumbs right?
    I’ll keep trying them and may continue to buy them, jury is out on that at the moment but I certainly have no complaints.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    The one pound package I received looks 100% like the product photo and has a best sell date one year from now. It has no markings anywhere to indicate where it was sourced, whether in Africa, the U.S. or elsewhere. The contents feel moist and soft and the particles are tiny. It feel slightly oily to the touch. The smell is fresh and pleasant. When mixed with all the right other ingredients it takes on a kitchen smell that can only ever be associated with as West African.
    I’ve been in West Africa and had egusi soup but it was called ‘fish soup.’ I never saw or heard of meat soup of any kind in those days. The ground melon seeds, besides being nutritious, are added to the fish soups to make them thicker. This makes a soup thicker alright. A pound will go further than the novice thinks. It’s good to begin by using less than one expects to avoid the soup getting too thick.

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  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    Delicious as i know it.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5


    Good product but too expensive.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    JF Customer

    as described and on time

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  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    I grew up on egusi in Nigeria. I have lived continually in the USA for more than 3 decades. This is the freshest ground egusi I have purchased in all these years. Fresh?

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ayodeji (verified owner)

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