Ogbono soup is a Nigerian Igbo dish made with ground dry ogbono seeds (the local name for Irvingia) with considerable local variation. The ground ogbono seeds are used as a thickener and give the soup a black coloration. Besides seeds, water, and palm oil, it typically contains meat and/or fish seasonings such as chili pepper, leaf vegetables, and other vegetables. Typical leaf vegetables include bitterleaf and celosia. Typical other vegetables include tomatoes and okra. Typical seasonings include chiles, onions, and iru (fermented locust beans). Typical meats include beef, goat, fish, chicken, bush meat, shrimp, or crayfish.
It can be eaten with fufu, or with Pounded Yam In other countries, the soup may be available in the packaged prepared form in some markets that specialize in Western African foods. Ogbono soup has a mucilaginous (slimy) texture, similar to okra soup.