By S. Olanrewaju Disu
A very valuable nutrition-wise agricultural product in our markets in Lagos area is the garden egg or "igba" in local parlance. The egg plant is a shrub primarily grown for its fruits. The garden egg "igba".The fruits are variable in shape and size, ellipsoid to elongate green or white-streaked green. It is botanically known as "Solanum melongena, Family Solanaceae"
This fruit is an animal product, it is naturally low in fat and calories and it is filling. It has fiber content that helps control blood glucose levels.Garden egg's consumption helps in gaining maximum benefits from fruit eating because it is usually eaten fresh with the skin which is edible. Eating plenty of the fruit is very helpful in warding off heart disease and stroke.
Some residents of the metropolis cook and eat the fruits as a palatable vegetable with a good source of minerals and vitamins. the leaf of the garden egg plant is useful for toothache and as a remedy for snake bites. It is also applied to areas of skin diseases, infections and sores.
The garden egg fruit is sometimes used as a stimulus. It is also said to be dyspetic and constipating. Above all, the dried fruit is reported to contain a goitrogenic substance. A wonderful fruit indeed.
(A) Garden Egg Fruits on sale at Isolo Markets
(B) Another variety of Garden Egg Fruits on sale at Oshodi Market
(C) Yet another variety of garden Egg fruits at Ejigbo Market