Jugo bean

Jugo bean

Name Variations Edit

  • Bambara groundnut
  • Bambarra groundnut
  • Vigna subterranea (scientific name)

About jugo beans Edit

The jugo bean (or Bambarra groundnut) is a member of the family Fabaceae. According to some authors it is Voandzeia subterranea, but others place it in Vigna. The plant originated in West Africa. Still a traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.

The bambara groundnut ripens its pods underground, much like the peanut (also called a groundnut). They can be eaten fresh or boiled after drying.

The original local name for Bambara nut is cokon (Bamanankan). Bambara groundnuts are also known as njugumawe in Swahili. In the Republic of Zambia, bambara groundnuts are known as either ntoyo (ciBemba),katoyo (kiKaonde), or mbwiila (chiTonga). In Shangaan they are known as tindluwa. In Malagasy they are known as "voanjobory." in Hausa language it is variously referred to as "Gurjiya" or "Kwaruru". In Goemai language of Plateau State of Northern Nigeria it is known as "Kwam", and Kanuri people refer to it as "Ngamgala".

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