Ehuru, also called pèbé or Jamaican nutmeg, is an important ingredient in pepper soup, a specialty from Nigeria, but is also suitable for many other uses. Ehuru is a totally different experience from our trusted 'real' nutmeg.

The calabash nutmeg (in its Nigerian ehuru, in Cameroon pèbé) is the seed of the tree that occurs naturally in an area that stretches from Sierra Leone to Angola. It has always been an important spice in Africa until the emergence of the Asian nutmeg, with which it has great similarities.

Ehuru is the seed of the Monodora myristica, a tree from the Custard apple family ASnnonaceae. Like many other trees in this family, myristica bears fruits that can be huge (up to 40 cm) and packed with seeds. The seeds are embedded in a yellow pulp, which is used in savory and sweet dishes.

Ehuru combines perfectly with citrus tones, which makes it suitable for use in chicken dishes. Ehuru is indispensable in traditional Nigerian dishes, such as pepper soup. The ehuru note is used as follows.

It is not a substitute for nutmeg, which is gaining popularity in Africa at the expense of gourd nutmeg. That is a shame, because it has its own strong taste and aroma, which fits best with African cooking traditions. Such as in Kondres, a dish of plantain and goat, or Ewu, stewed goat, but by far the best known application is in pepper soup.

Use whole nuts

Method 1: Cut open the nut, releasing the loose inside. Grind or stamp it.

Method 2: Roast the nuts in their entirety and grind them - in their entirety - in the blender or coffee blender.

Use peeled nuts

Calabash nutmeg can not be grated like regular nutmeg, since it is not that hard. Just crushing or finely grounding it with the mortar is sufficient.

Smell and taste

The dried seeds contain 5-9% essential oils: α-fellandrene, α-pinene, myrene, limonene and pinene. They give the seeds a somewhat sweet but woody taste and a peppery sharpness reminiscent of 'real' nutmeg. It is nevertheless too easy to consider both nutmeg varieties as each other's substitutes. Both have their own characteristic.

Usage

Calabash nutmeg is part of the herb mixture Mbongô tchòbi, in which in addition to this ehuru natural mbongo (Afromomum citratus), chili pepper (Capsicum) and garlic nut (Afrostyrax lepidophyllus) are used, in addition to the scorched bark of the garlic tree, Scorodophloeus zenkeri.

Features

  • 100% seeds of the Monodora myristica
  • origin: Cameroon
  • harvest 2019

Availibility

  • Available in standing bag and glass 
  • standing bags contain 30, 45, 60, 250 and 500 grams
  • glass jar contains 60 grams

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • keep it in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • December  2022


Origin
Cameroon
Botanical name
Monodora Monodora myristica
Ingredients
No additions 100% dried fruit
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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Ehuru (calebash nutmeg)

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