Bambara beans knows as Azigokoui in Togo are chickpea sized,hard,round seeds that, like peanuts ,ripen underground.The seeds vary in color from black ,dark brown ,red ,white ,cream or combination of these colors. Bambara beans have a nutty flavor not unlike a cross between a chickpea and pinto bean.
Bambara beans /azigokoui/voandzou
Azigokoui is considered highly nutritious and been termed a complete food. They consist of about 65% carbohydrates, 18% protein ,and are rich in essential amino acids including isoleucine,leucine ,lysine ,methionine ,phenylalanine ,threonine and valine. Azigokoui are prepared in a a number of ways.They can be eaten fresh or boiled after drying. They are roasted or fried and mixed with maize or plantains.They can be ground into a flour and used to prepare porridge.
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