Formally known as Brachystegia Eurycoma
Popular in the South of Nigeria
Locals call it
Achi or Akpa
Nutritional and Ethnomedicinal
Igbo people use it to get rid of parasites
Join Gulzaar Foods as we explore the grossly underutilized Achi Seeds that holds promise for drug and food development.
Appearance and Description
Round, dry and flat
A soup thickener
Once ground, a white, brownish powder
- The Brachystegia Eurycoma tree is large with a flat crown of, twisted, huge and widely spread branches. It grows about 37 meters tall.
- Harvested for local use for food, medicine, and wood
- Used locally and exported.
Achi, the indispensable vegetable is strong, yet it has a tinge of sweetness. It is the Nigerian soup thickener cornerstone.
When in Nigeria, whether you having Vegetable soup, sauce or a stew, most probably it contains Achi.
- Egusi soup,
- Oha soup,
- Ogbono soup,
Soup Thickener and Flavorant
The spicy seeds are consumed like condiments, used in the preparation of a flour.
ACHI Tree and Seed Health Benefits
- Anti Inflammatory
- Medicinal and Nutritional values of the plant
- Minerals and Vitamin packed
- Anti Microbial
- Wound Healing
- Anti Cancer
- Lowers blood glucose
- Gastrointestinal modulation
- Liver enzyme
- Lowes Blood pressure
- Body warmth
- Bowel Movement
- Diabetes And Cholesterol aid
Other Uses of The Achi Tree
- The wood is used for furniture, flooring and interiors
- Course cloth for protection from the rain and makes containers
- Used against termites and as a fungicidal remedy
- Adekunle, A.A., 2000. Antifungal property of the crude extracts of Brachystegia eurycoma and Richardia brasiliensis. Nigerian Journal of Natural Products and Medicine 4: 70–72.
- Okwu, G.I., Achar, P.N. & Sharma, S.K., 2010. Quantification of aflatoxin B1 in ready-to-use food thickeners in South-east geo-political zone in Nigeria. African Journal of Microbiology Research 4(16): 1788–1793.