- Utazi,Okazi / Ukazi and Uziza leaves..are they all the same? If not what is the difference between these vegetables. I'm confused...from Iboman's wife(via email)
- I am having difficulty knowing the different use for Okazi/Ukazi, Uziza and Utazi..They sound so alike and not helping matters.. can you help me with the different uses? :).. from Somto (via youtube)
Hi ladies, You are not alone in this one .These names are quite confusing.
Years back ,I also had to ask my mum and a friend before getting it all right...*Giggles*
My mum actually told me a kitchen tale about a newly wed(a.k.a Cathering practical) who wanted to impress her mother-in-law and decided to cook Ofe Nsala , but instead of Utazi leaves , she made use of Ukazi; unknowingly converting the soup to Afang soup...☺.. her mother-in-law, chewed and chewed on the hard leaves and when she couldn't take it any more, made a big sigh and said'' Chai, Nnem iga ji ini gia egbu Nmadu oo'' (meaning...''My dear, you are going to kill someone with your food oo''). ☺.
Well, the situation could have been worse you know,Lol.. so here's how to avoid a repeat of the incidence above; these are some of the differences between Okazi(Ukazi),Utazi, & Uziza leaves.
* Okazi/Ukazi/Afang Leaf(Gnetum Africanum) is used for cooking Afang soup and Okazi/Ukazi Soup. The leaves are tough(hard) and glossy and looks more like the leaves of an orange tree. It doesn't really have a distinctive smell,but it has a slightly bitter taste. Some people add it to egusi soup and other vegetable soups. While Some old efik men chew it raw with palm oil due to its medicinal values.
|Okazi / Ukazi/ Afang leaves|
* Uziza leaves(false cubeb leaves) :these leaves are also glossy but has a ''spicy scent''. It is mostly used for cooking Pepper soup, Gi Nmiri Oku(yam pepper soup), egusi soup & Oha/Ora soup. The uziza seed(false cubeb pepper/black peppercorns) is ''hot'' and ''sometimes'' used to get the ''Uziza taste'' in the absence of the leaves. This leaf has a wonderful aroma.
|Uziza leaves(pic by aidanbrooksspices.blogspot.com|
Feel free to comment below, If you know of any other differences not listed here ☺
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