Good morning beautiful Nigerians. On our rebrand Nigeria series this morning, we shall be showcasing one of our favourite delicacies that is very popular among the Efik and Ibibio people.
Ekpang Nkukwo is one of the traditional delicacies of the Efiks and Ibibios.
Made with cocoyam and little water yam grated and wrapped in green leaves, this meal is relished by many and contains the basic classes of food, the flavour and taste are heavenly mouth-watering.
Ekpang has been described as many as food for the gods as a result of Theamount of time, love, patience, not to talk of ingredients that go into it.
Health Benefits of Ekpang Nkukwo
One common denominator with all Nigerian food is the numerous health benefits that they possess.
For Ekpang, it’s nutritional benefits are insurmountable owing to the numerous ingredients used for it’s preparation. However, we are going to list the health benefits of the major ingredients which are cocoyam and water yam.
They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
They contain a unique compound called diosgenin which enhances brain function
They help alleviate symptoms of menopause.
They provide several antioxidants that may have anticancer properties
The antioxidants in yams may help reduce inflammation
They improve blood sugar levels.
Therefore, when you pay someone a visit and he/she offers you a plate of ekpang Nkukwo, it shows that you occupy a special place in that person’s heart.
When next you find yourself in Cross river or Akwa Ibom State, do not leave without having a taste of the very delicious ekpang.