Medicinal plant known as Prɛkɛsɛ in Ghana, indigenous to West African tropical countries and across Sudan and Uganda to Kenya, Angola and Tanzania.
Prɛkɛsɛ aka Oshosho, Osakirisa, Ubukirihu, Aidan
Prɛkɛsɛ pods area a hard, shinny, dark purple-brown fruit with a pungent smell. That comprise of four perpendicular ridges, two of which become woody while the remaining two consist of sugary pulp and hard, black seeds, which contain oil.
Prɛkɛsɛ can be dried for year-round use. Used mainly as a fruit perfume when used in cooking (removed before eating), as the pungent smell mellows down to spice up the dish and infuse a slightly sweet stringent flavour. Also infused into drinks to bring that sugary aroma. It can be soaked in alcohol, like gin distilled from sugarcane, to create traditional appetizers and beverages or herbal concoctions.
The stem, root, leaves, bark and pods can be utilized — whether soaked, squeezed, crushed, extracted or incorporated into a variety of herbal concoctions.
Prɛkɛsɛ is rich in essential phytochemicals and nutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium and vitamin C. Anti inflammatory and antioxidants properties.
It is known that Prɛkɛsɛ can be burnt like incense to ward off bad energy, prevent bad dreams, increase fertility, stop finance problems, increase spiritual growth.
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