The Ogbono seedling, otherwise known as African Bush mango is a species of tree that originated from Africa. The African bush mango kernels (ogbono) come from an African tree called Irvingia Gabonensis. It bears a fruit that looks like a mango. The fruit, which is green, turns bright orange when ripe and is almost round in shape.
One thing about this plant is that it is versatile, that is, its fruits, nuts, seeds, and bark can be used for culinary, manufacturing, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes.
The seed kernels are commonly roasted like coffee beans, then pounded and poured into a mould before being added to boiling meat and vegetables. The seeds are also used to adulterate chocolate and ground to make flour. The fat is extracted from the seeds for soap and candlemaking.
Some Benefits of Ogbono Seedlings
- Edible Purposes. Irvingia gabonensis fruit can be eaten as fresh fruit.
- Antidiabetic Properties.
- Weight Management.
- Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties.
- Dye Production.
- Prevents Constipation.
- Aids Digestion.
- Astringent Purposes.
- African Mango seeds are high in fat, containing at least 50% fat.
- The kernel can be eaten raw or roasted, like cashew nuts, but most times, they are processed. Some are pounded into butter, resembling peanut butter. Sometimes, they are compacted into bars akin to chocolate bars. Other times, they are squeezed to extract the oil contained in the kernel.