Ofe-Nsala is a delicacy that is widely enjoyed in the south-eastern part of Nigeria.

It includes a combination of different spices.

When the soup is cooking, the aroma could make people salivate, but not everyone is permitted to eat it.

Ingredients put together while preparing it include: Uda seed (Negro Pepper), Uzziza seed, pepper, alligator pepper, fish (dry and fresh) and meat.

It is a nice soup to savour, but women who just put to bed are usually those who are allowed to drink it without any concern.

Why nursing mothers?

Nsala soup consumed freely during post-natal care to cleanse the womb and reduce cases of blood clots.

One ingredient in this delicacy that does this job is the Uda seed.

Nsala soup and Uda seed pods of negro pepper

Natural health promoters say Uda's potency has no bounds and doesn't take into consideration the presence or absence of a foetus.

That is why the Ofe-Nsala prepared with Uda should be avoided like a spinning bullet by persons who want to conceive or are walking their way out of the rigours of the first trimester.

There might not be a scientific evidence backing this, but it is the custom and belief of Nigerians resident in the South-East.

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In addition, before you eat that mouth-watering plate of pepper soup, ask if Uda is in it.

Meanwhile, Uda's efficacy as a purgative is not all bad. 

In Delta State, parents use Uda for treatment of missiles. Just a pod is what is needed to do the trick, but it must not be used with the seed.

Grind the pod without the seed add clean water to it; filter and give the child to drink. It works.