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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables
As noted, the “egusi seeds” in the markets may in fact derive from several species. The Gourd Family, to which egusi belongs, is represented in Nigeria by 21 genera and 41 species. Most are wild but a number are cultivated. Little-investigated relatives of economic importance include Coccinia barteri and several species of Cucumis, Zehneria, and Momordica.