|ENGLISH NAME||YORUBA NAME||BOTANICAL NAME|
|Dandelion Lettuce||Efo Yarin||Taraxacum Officinale, Family Asteraceae|
|Bitter Leaf||Ewuro||Vernonia Amygdalina, Fanily Compositae|
|African Spinach, Callaloo||Efo Tete||Amaranthus Hybridus, Family Amaranthaceae|
|Lagos Spinach / Quailgrass||Shokoyokoto||Celosia Argentea, Family Amaranthaceae|
|Water Leaf||Gbure||Talinum Triangulare, Family Portulacae|
|African Egg Plant Leaf||Efo Igbo||Solanum Macrocarpon, Family Solanaceae|
|Malabar Spinach||Amunututu||Basella Alba, Family Basellaceac|
|African Basil(Scent Leave)||Efirin||Ocimum Gratissimum, Family Labiate|
|Yoruba Bologi||Ebolo||Crassocephalum Rubens|
|Fluted Pumpkin Leaf||Ugu||Telfairia Occidentalis, Family Cucurbita|
|Jute leaves||Ewedu leave||Corchorus Olitorius|
Ginger with a botanical name, Zingiber officinale, is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant in the family Zingiberaceae grown for its edible rhizome,The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger. Ginger is also called Ata-ile or Atale in yoruba, also called Cithar in hausa, it was originated from China spread to other part of Asia and subsequently West Africa and the carribbean. India is the largest producer of ginger beating China which comes second. Nigeria remains the largest producer of ginger in Africa and fourth largest producer of ginger in the world. It is important to know that india and Jamaica produces the best ginger.
Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. Cucumber plants can only grow under tropical conditions, It has a light to dark green colour, thin skin, moisture-rich flesh with tiny edible seeds inside The water-rich veggie originally hails from south Asia, but is now cultivated across many continents. Since it is the ultimate cooling food, it is used in many summer recipes. Cucumbers are best consumed raw. Cucumber is a powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes. Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach, Shilpa Arora says, “Cucumber is packed with nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, silica, calcium and zinc.
Waterleaf (Efo Gbure) one very good vegetable with super benefit to mankind.The botanical name of Waterleaf is Talinum triangulare, . Waterleaf is an edible leafy vegetable that belongs to the Portulacea family, It is called Efo Gbure in Yoruba; Mgbolodi in Igbo, Ebe–dondon in Edo, Alenruwa (in Hausa) and in English is nicknamed Philippine spinach, sweetheart, flame flower, Florida spinach,Ceylon spinach,waterleaf, cariru, Surinam purslane, potherb fameflower, Lagos bologi. It bears small, pink flowers and broad, fleshy leaves, It flourishes more during the rainy season. Waterleaf is an annual herbaceous plant. The seed sprouts as a tiny, aqua-coloured plant before growing into a more conspicuous plant with larger leaves.
Nigeria is one country that is blessed with agricultural produce, amongst is Walnut (asala), Walnut botanically called Tetracarpidium conophorum or plukeneia conophora, belong to the family Euphorbiaceae. African walnut is also called Asala or awusa in Yoruba language, okwe or okhue in Edo language, ekporo in the Efik dialect, ukpa in igbo. It originated from the tropical west African countries, Sierra leone to Angola, and then to Nigeria and other countries in West Africa. They are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of protein.
“Apple watch” today we focus on Apple and its great benefits to the body.
Apple is called Apu in Yoruba and has some amazing benefits in the body which I will be sharing with us today.
They are not usually grown in Nigeria because apple requires a cold
temperature or Mediterranean regions most apple grown in
Nigeria is not really sweet, some will say what of Jos?
English Name: APPLE
Yoruba Name: APU
even though the weather in Jos is a bit cold
it is not enough, apples are grown in Europe and South Africa where the
weather is cold.
Carrot called karooti in Yoruba is one of the healthy food that is good for the body, carrot was cultivated thousands of years ago in the area now known as Afghanistan it is also cultivated in other parts of the world including our blessed soil in Nigeria, carrot is largely cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria such as; Zaria, Sokoto, Kano and Jos., you can steam them, eat them raw or even cook them as the case may be.
The carrot that was produced in those days was a small, forked purple or yellow root with a bitter, woody flavor, quite different from the carrot we know today.
Purple, red, yellow, and white carrots were grown long before the appearance of the sweet, crunchy, and aromatic orange carrot that is now popular.
Carrot contains a variety of antioxidants that give them their color. For example, purple carrots contain anthocyanin, and red carrots are rich in lycopene.
African Basil leaf or Scent leaf as the case may be, also known as Ocimumgratissimum as its botanical name, then the Yoruba referred to it as EFIRIN, NCHANWU by the igbo, DAIDOYA in the northern part of Nigeria
Basil leaf is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Basil is used for stomach spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, fluid retention, head colds, warts, and worm infections. It is also used to treat snake and insect bites.
Women sometimes use basil before and after childbirth to promote blood circulation, and also to start the flow of breast milk.
It will be interesting to note that the popular African Star Apple called Agbalumo in Yoruba as cheap as it is has high volume of Vitamin C and other minerals
It’s sticky body and sour taste doesn’t bother you as you savour the milky juice finding its way out after gentle press.
It is called Agbalumo among the Yoruba people and Udara among the Igbos, the English name is African Star Apple and its scientific name is Chrysophyllum africanum or Chrysophyllum albidum, a lot of people call African Star Apple as African Cherry.
Yoruba Name: Ewuro
English Name: Bitter Leaf
(Ewuro) Bitter leaf: There are various ways bitter leaf can be consumed and it has many health benefits in the body which includes but not limited to the below mention benefits.