Scientific name – Telfairia occidentalis & T. pedata
Oyster nuts are eaten raw, boiled, or roasted. The nut kernels may be ground to a paste, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked with fish. The nuts can also be fermented for several days and eaten as a paste. The kernels are also pressed for the oil used in cooking. In Africa the nuts are used to make sweet cakes, small sweets, soups and added to other foods.