WHAT DOES PREKESE DO?-2022

PREKESE

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What does prekese do?

INTRODUCTION

Prekese is a local Ghana name which refers to Tetrapleura tetraptera. It is an indigenous West Tropical Africa belonging to the family fabaceae. The plant can grow up to 20-25 metres tall. When fruits are matured, they turn brown and fall off. It is then dried before use.

Prekese, is a shiny, glabrous dark purple-brown fruit, 15-25 cm long and about 5 cm across, with four longitudinal, wing-like ridges. It has a slightly sweet, stringent taste. When cooked into soups and other dishes it adds a depth of flavor and a sweet, fragrant aroma.

 

The fruit has a pungent aromatic odour attracting it as a key species in soup, stews as a herbal medicine, among others. Its usage is facilitated by its rich nutrients source such as lipids, protein, sugars, vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sodium, copper, calcium, and antioxidants.

Studies has proven that, the seeds, whole fruits and pulps of T. tetraptera comprises of varying degree of concentrations of vitamins and trace elements (iron, copper, manganese, cobalt, selenium, and zinc). It is not surprising that it is utilized in herbal medicine in African countries such as Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria.

Prekese is well known as a medicinal plant throughout Africa. It is cooked in soup and fed to mothers to prevent post-partum contraction. It is also used to prevent certain types of ulcers, to inhibit the growth of bacteria, as an anti-microbial, to reduce hypertension, to manage asthma, and to promote blood flow. In Ghana, Prekese has been used to flavor soft drinks. Other names for Prekese include Aridan, Oshosho, Imiminje, Apapa, Edeminang, Ighirehimi, and Ighimiaka.

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3. Postpartum Care

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5. Wound Healing Properties

6.Has Antibacterial Properties

7. Contraceptive Properties

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8.Treats Leprosy

 9.Management Of Convulsion

10. Anti-inflammatory Properties

 

 

Current Facts

Botanically known as Tetrapleura tetraptera Prekese is widely used in West Africa as a cooking spice and as a traditional medicine. The fruit grows on a deciduous tree commonly known as the Aidan tree. The Aidan tree is a deciduous tree growing 20-25 meters tall.

Nutritional Value

Prekese is rich in protein, lipids, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, calcium, sodium, copper, antioxidants, sugars, and vitamin C.

Applications

The fruit is rich in sugars and is used to flavor food, especially traditional West African soups such as pepper soup and palm nut soup, as well as a flavoring in desserts and baking. The long hard fruit is dried and grated, or boiled into soup and removed before serving. In addition to being used as a seasoning, Prekese is widely used as a medicine for many ailments. The fruits and flowers are also used as perfume in locally made products.

Ethnic/Cultural Info

Prekese is well known as a medicinal plant throughout Africa. It is cooked in soup and fed to mothers to prevent post-partum contraction. It is also used to prevent certain types of ulcers, to inhibit the growth of bacteria, as an anti-microbial, to reduce hypertension, to manage asthma, and to promote blood flow. In Ghana, Prekese has been used to flavor soft drinks. Other names for Prekese include Aridan, Oshosho, Imiminje, Apapa, Edeminang, Ighirehimi, and Ighimiaka.

Geography/History

Prekese has been known as a medicinal plant in Africa for centuries; the therapeutic properties of the plant have been documented since 1948 and authenticated in laboratory and field experiments. It ranges all over West Africa, from Senegal to Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, South to Angola and Tanzania. The Aidan tree thrives best in secondary forests and rainforests, but is also found in savannah woodlands and occasionally in African plains as well.

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