English Name: False cubeb leaves (The seeds from the plant is known as mkpuru uziza (uziza seeds)) Local Name: Uziza leaves / Ashanti pepper leaves / Benin pepper leaves / Guinea cubeb leaves. Botanical Name: Piper guineense
In the local Nigerian market, it is known as hot leaves. It's peppery and is usually used in small quantity to add flavor and a very nice aroma to soups like ofe nsala, vegetable soups and sometimes egusi soup. It is rich in anti-oxidants and has preservative properties.
Uziza leaves can be used to prepare egusi soup. Try this recipe:
How to make Egusi soup with Uziza leaves (Ofe egusi na uziza)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: Over 45 minutes
Misc : Serve hot with "swallow", Boiled white rice or yam
2 cups melon Seeds "egusi"
600g red beef
1 medium sized stock fish
2 medium smoked fish
1/2 cooking spoon cray fish
2 yellow pepper
1 cup palm oil
a handful “uziza leaves”
1 bunch pumpkin leaves - Optional
3 seasoning cubes
salt to taste
Uziza is an African plant, of which two parts are used: the leaves and the berries.The leaves, which have a peppery taste, are pale green when fresh, and darker green when frozen, dried, or ground and dried. The leaves, whether whole or ground, are used in soups. They are added to soups at the end of cooking, in the last 15 minutes.