Banga Soup is one of Africa’s delicacies. It is mostly consumed in the South-South region of Nigeria. A kind of special soup made out of palm fruits. Banga is the local name given to the species by the Deltans.
Palm trees are perennial plants that produce the palm fruit. The fruits are therefore processed into different consumable and utility goods. Such includes; palm oil, palm kernel, etc. It is very rich in nature and serves as one of the main streams of income for most African countries, especially Nigeria.
Banga Soup, an extract from palm fruit, has a rich taste and blend of palm oil and nutritious juice. These combination of vitamins are rich for the body. It gives the following for healthy living of consumers:
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1. Palm oil in banga soup is very rich in vitamin K that plays important role in the blood clot. It is essential for building strong bones
and prevents heart disease.
2. The vitamin K, which contains antioxidant present in palm kernel Juice prevents cancer.
3. Vitamin K properties contribute to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin K improves insulin sensitivity.
4. Magnesium content in palm kernel juice plays important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions with the body including the
metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins.
5. Magnesium is involved in neuromuscular transmission and the activity of muscle relaxation. No wonder after consuming a plate of banga soup there is general body relaxation.
6. In the elderly, intake of banga soup made with palm kernel juice helps to prevent the prevalence of insulin resistance diabetes), coronary heart disease( heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm), metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis.
7. Researches showed that consumption of palm kernel juice in soup such as banga contains magnesium with combination vitamin B6 appears to be efficacious to reduce the effect of premenstrual syndrome symptoms such as insomnia, weight gain, bloating, leg swelling and breast tenderness.
8. Palm kernel juice also contains Vitamins A that is essential for healthy vision and may slow down retinal function in people with
9. Vitamin A is also ensured healthy growth of the bone; the state of health of the reproduction and immune systems. It also helps the skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively.
10. It also contains vitamin E which is a powerful natural anti-oxidants that help in protection against cancer and guarantees to
give your skin a fresher look and lowers your cholesterol level, thus protecting against heart diseases. This vitamin also prevents cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
It is, however, one of the special recipes of the Deltans, in Nigeria. Such that it’s mostly prepared at special ceremonies and festivals with a blend of assorted garnishees (smoked fishes,
Mixed with its spices, you’d love to enjoy the meal behind a closed door.
How then can you prepare your banga soup to feel its mesmerising taste? Here
Get The Palm Fruit: You can get (buy) the palm fruit (banga) in the local market or any palm fruit plantation around you. But if you can’t, then you should contact a local vendor online.
Wash Thoroughly: Hygiene is one of the safest ways to live long. The process of washing the palm fruits will enable it to be cleansed of sands and dirt. Please ensure that you use clean water.
Cook: When I say cook, I mean you should cook the palm fruits very well (about 25 minutes or more). It should be soften enough for extraction of the juice.
Mesh: After you’ve confirmed that the banga is perfectly cooked, sieve out the water and transfer the banga into another container. Then mesh with either one of your hands. You can as well use a short pestle or an empty bottle to pound it until the outer skin of the palm fruits separate from its body.
Add Water and Sieve: Now that the outer skin of the palm fruits has been meshed or separated, add some water to it and use your hand to wash the particles. Then sieve the water of the palm fruits into another bowl. Remember, all you need is the fluid from the palm fruit. Ensure that no dirt goes along with the extracted fluid.
Recook: This time you pour the extracted palm oil into a new pot and re-cook it.
Add Spices: After about 15 minutes of cooking, add all the banga spices to the soup. Also, you can go ahead to adding your fish and meats, including all the assorted stuff you want to add, too.
Dishing Time: I suppose you should know how long it takes for food to be processed on fire. However,
banga Soup does not take an eternity to be ready to serve. Let’s just believe that the food is ready to serve. Now you can dish it into any kind of container available at your disposal. Bon Appetite.
Moreover, Banga Soup is mostly eaten with starch in the Delta region of Nigeria. Though, you can use cassava flour (Garri), Semo or anything available at your disposal. Also, you can use banga Soup to eat rice, yam, potatoes, to mention but a few. Well, learning is more interesting when you share your knowledge with others. And if you think we have missed anything in the article, please feel free to let us know in your comment. Shalom.