Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Article 55: "UTAZI"

By S.O. Olanrewaju Disu

This vegetable is very popular among the Igbo speaking residents of the state, is a climber from a tuberous root and the leaves serve as a vegetable. Its stems are soft and pliable.

The "Utazi" vegetable is botanically known as "Gongronema latifolium, Family Aselepiadaceae"

The Yoruba speaking populace of the state call it "arokeke". During the rainy season, it is available in abundance and cheaply too.

This vegetable is eaten cooked in soups either by itself or in conjuction with others e.g. "okro" or "ugu"- the fulted pumlin vegetable. Dried stockfish, crayfish and other condiments are normally added to enhance the palatability of soups made from "utazi" vegetables.

Illustrative photos : (A) The "utazi" vegetable on sale at the "Oyingbo" Market

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