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Iru (Fermented Locust Beans)

Iru (Fermented Locust Beans)

Popular in West Africa for centuries, Iru is the fermented bean of the Nigerian locust tree. It has an extremely complex flavor profile–somewhere between chocolate, miso, and cheese–and will add a deep umami flavor to any dish you make with it.

Use it as you would dried mushrooms. Soak in warm water to soften the iru and then add to soups or stews. You can also add it straight to sizzling butter or oil to bloom it at the beginning of cooking and skip the soaking process.

About the maker: Burlap & Barrel is a leading purveyor of unique, beautiful, and equitably sourced spices. As a Public Benefit Corporation, they partner directly with smallholder farms to end inequality and exploitation in food supply chains.

Burlap & Barrel

2.4-ounce glass jar

Fermented locust beans

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