Ayoyo is the Hausa name for Jute leaves. It is used to make soup which is quite viscous. It is a very popular Zongo food that came with migrants from all over West Africa, including Northern Ghana and Nigeria.
Miyan ayoyo goes perfectly with TZ.
The calcium present in the jute is necessary for strong bones and teeth. It helps maintain bones and also slows down loss of bone density.
Ayoyo plays a key role in helping blood to clot. Calcium helps smooth the muscles close to the bones in addition to other functions vital for the growth and maintenance of bones.
Iron, a mineral vital to the proper functioning of haemoglobin can be found in jute leaves.
Iron promotes healthy pregnancy, stimulates energy, and facilitates better athletic performance.
The benefits of iron often go unnoticed until a person is not getting enough. Iron deficiency anaemia can cause fatigue, heart palpitations, pale skin, and breathlessness.
Jute leaves also contain beta-carotene.
The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol). We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucus membranes.
Vitamin A is important for maintaining our immune system, and good eye health and vision. Beta-carotene also keeps the lungs healthy as people age.
Ayoyo is the de facto soup at most awure (marriage) ceremonies. It is cheap to obtain and so popular that it enjoys love from people from all walks of life.