Nigerian names of herbs and plants – food – nigeria

I have been researching the health benefits of various plants and herbs and most times I hit a wall because even as most of these plants are available in Nigeria, we don’t know their names in our local parlance. Pineapple orange banana juice recipe For instance I never knew the wonderful Neem tree is our popular Dongoyaro tree. Orange apple juice recipe This thread is for people to contribute their ideas on various plants in our local parlance.


Basil plant is known as Nchanwu(hope I spelt that right)in Igbo and Effirin in Yoruba

Henna plant is the famous Lali used mostly by northernmost for body art

Pls post yours. Easy smoothie recipes with orange juice Note that the plant must be indigenous to Nigeria

41 Likes 7 Shares Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by tpia5: 3:10am On Jul 01, 2013

What is Common Amarnath known in Nigera? While researching on health benefits of Amaranth, I found that it is known by efo tete or arowo jeja. Hot apple cider recipe with orange juice Can someone correct?

2 Likes Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Net4Biz: 10:46pm On Sep 06, 2014

Miracle Fruit or Miracle Berry, is know in Yoruba as “Agbayun-kun”. Popsicle recipes with orange juice It is native to west Africa but is exploited commercially mostly in The Americas and the Far East, with seed stock or cuttings obtained originally from Africa, then selectively bred over decades for desirable traits.

The “miracle” of this fruit is that it contains unique compounds that “deceive” our taste buds to perceive virtually ALL foods as tasting VERY sweet, for up to 30 minutes after a Miracle Fruit has been eaten. Orange juice popsicles recipe These fruits have enormous potential for use by people who are under medical advice to reduce or remove sugar from their diets. Recipe for fresh orange juice Simply eating a miracle fruit just before a meal imparts the illusion of sweet taste to our taste buds, even when NO sugar is added to breakfast cereals, beverages, and indeed any dish or drink to which sugar is generally added for taste.

Note that this picture is magnified. Fresh cranberry recipes with orange juice The true size of the miracle fruit is about the size of your smallest finger-tip. Jewish apple cake recipe with orange juice This tree is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to germinate and grow from seed, and only slightly less challenging to propagate with cuttings. Jewish apple cake recipe without orange juice Who ever in Nigeria first unlocks the key to mass planting miracle fruit shrubs for the export market will without question retire rich at a young age.

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Nobody: 11:30pm On Oct 24, 2014

Moringa leaves rank among the most nutritionally rich plant material in living existence on the planet. Frozen orange juice chicken recipe This unique powerhouse of nature is only now gaining popularity throughout Nigeria, but has been planted and eaten in the north of Nigeria for generations, where the Moringa plant is known as ZOGALA. Glazed carrots recipe orange juice After harvest and washing, moringa leaves are dried thoroughly, in preparation for grinding and filtration into a fine green powder that stores for up to 6 months without refrigeration.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS: By weight, Moringa Powder contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more Calcium than milk, more Iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, more Potassium than bananas, and comparable Protein to milk and eggs. Carrots in orange juice recipe Moringa powder stores at room temperature, without a need for refrigeration, for up to 6 moths with no reduction in efficacy.

HEALTH BOOSTING EFFECTS: Stronger Bones for old and young. Apple cider orange juice recipe Lactation Enhancer, for nursing mothers. Recipe for fresh squeezed orange juice Greater Energy and Endurance, Improved Memory, Revitalized Libido, More Restful Sleep, Improved Vision, Enhanced Thought Clarity, Sense of Smell, Digestion and Resistance to Infection.

MEDICAL BENEFITS: Moringa Powder improves the health of patients suffering from Hypertension, Fever, Prostate Enlargement, Diabetes, Headache, Rheumatism, Back Pain, Ulcers, External Sores, Bacterial Infections, Urinary Tract Infection, Dysentery, Bronchitis, Colitis, Gastritis, Catarrh, Malnourishment, Lethargy, Tumors and Vitamin Deficiency. Apple cider recipe with orange juice For thousands of years, Moringa has cured and nourished generations of humankind throughout tropical Asia, Africa, and South America.

World-Wide , Moringa is known as the “MIRACLE TREE”, for its Healing and Nutritional Properties

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 7:30am On Oct 25, 2014

This plant is only known to me by its Yoruba name, which is ASUWON-OYINBO, and by its name in the Efik language of Nigeria’s Cross River State, where it is known as ARUWANA-SI. Hot apple cider with orange juice recipe I would be grateful if anyone who is familiar with its botanical name could be so kind as to mention it here.

This plant’s leaves have very strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, such that skin afflictions like ringworm and various rashes can be cured quickly by obtaining the juice of the ground-up and crushed fresh leaves, and applying it directly to the skin for a truly fast-acting remedy.

Equally significant is the fact that the leaves of this plant, when boiled in water to make a tea, are highly effective as a mild laxative which carries none of the unpleasant side-effects of pharmaceutical laxatives. Carrots cooked in orange juice recipe For the elderly who may suffer from slow digestion leading to constipation, drinking a tea made with just 2 leaves from this unique plant will, in the space of about 3 hours, enable the patient to void their bowels and thereby see all associated discomfort vanish. Recipe for carrots cooked in orange juice It is recommended that this tea be used NO MORE THAN once every 3 months, so as to preserve the microbial balance in the intestine.

This plant can be found in forests and also along the edge of swamps and rivers in much of West Africa. Recipe for glazed carrots with orange juice It is not cultivated on a commercial scale, to the best of my knowledge, but, it holds ENORMOUS potential as an ingredient for improved pharmaceutical remedies.

Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Alima2( f): 8:00am On Oct 26, 2014

Meaning I haven’t the foggiest idea what “chick weed” is, if such a thing indeed exists, and that I find it odd to see such an obscure plant with zero nutritional or medicinal value meriting interest in the first place. Banana orange juice smoothie recipe Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Nobody: 12:22pm On Nov 06, 2014

Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh off the tree, if you have an area where you can grow your own Moringa tree, or, the green powder made from dried, ground and filtered Moringa leaves can be bought readily all over the world, and added at the rate of one table-spoon per meal, AFTER the cooking process has been completed and the food is ready to serve.

Fresh Moringa leaves will lose most of their nutritional value if they are cooked like normal vegetable dishes, therefore it is recommended that fresh or powdered leaves be added to meals that have already been cooked, so that the Moringa is not subjected to excessive heat before being consumed.

Moringa trees grow from cut sections of stem BETTER than they do from seed, however, the cut stem section measuring a foot or two long MUST be placed flat on the ground, with both cut ends covered in earth, for it to sprout leaves. Orange juice and banana smoothie recipe After planting the cuttings, they will need to be watered regularly to prevent them drying out as the new shoots and roots form. Smoothie recipes using orange juice Once your Moringa tree starts to grow, it is recommended that you periodically cut it short, in order that it produces healthier leaves close to the ground for easy harvest.

2 Likes Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Daninya11( m): 6:23am On Dec 28, 2014

When converting it to powder, it should not be dried in the sun because it will lose its medicinal values. Recipe for homemade orange juice It should be dried inside the room before pounding into powder..

1 Like Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by PapiWata: 10:32am On Dec 29, 2014

When converting it to powder, it should not be dried in the sun because it will lose its medicinal values. Orange juice banana smoothie recipe It should be dried inside the room before pounding into powder..

You have made a good point about the drying process Danin, but, indoor drying is only possible in the dry desert climate of northern Nigeria, or, during the dry season in other parts of the country where the average year-round humidity is much higher than it is in the north of the country.

For any Moringa growers living in a humid climate, such as is the case in most of southern Nigeria during the rainy season, indoor drying must be avoided because poisonous white MOLD frequently forms on the leaves before they are properly dried, thus making them unsafe for consumption.

To rapidly dry Moringa leaves in a humid climate, it is best to dry them directly in the sun, only taking the harvest indoors during the night and early morning hours. Carrot orange ginger juice recipe The amount of nutrient lost by drying Moringa leaves in the sun is minimal to insignificant, especially when compared to the potential damage and total harvest loss that can result from the formation of MOLD on Moringa leaves placed indoors to dry. Beet carrot orange juice recipe Three successive days of bright outdoor tropical sun will dry Moringa leaves sufficiently for them to be ground to powder in preparation for storage lasting up to 6 months with no refrigeration needed. Whiskey sour recipe orange juice Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Onyegecha( f): 5:19pm On Dec 29, 2014

I hope this thread does not end. Orange smoothie recipe with orange juice Very informative. Whiskey sour recipe with orange juice I wish we will get people who are grounded in these things educate us more.

1 Like 1 Share Re: Nigerian Names Of Herbs And Plants by Daninya11( m): 6:34pm On Dec 29, 2014

You have made a good point about the drying process Danin, but, indoor drying is only possible in the dry desert climate of northern Nigeria, or, during the dry season in other parts of the country where the average year-round humidity is much higher than it is in the north of the country.

For any Moringa growers living in a humid climate, such as is the case in most of southern Nigeria during the rainy season, indoor drying must be avoided because poisonous white MOLD frequently forms on the leaves before they are properly dried, thus making them unsafe for consumption.

To rapidly dry Moringa leaves in a humid climate, it is best to dry them directly in the sun, only taking the harvest indoors during the night and early morning hours. Glazed carrots recipe with orange juice The amount of nutrient lost by drying Moringa leaves in the sun is minimal to insignificant, especially when compared to the potential damage and total harvest loss that can result from the formation of MOLD on Moringa leaves placed indoors to dry. Orange juice fruit cake recipe Three successive days of bright outdoor tropical sun will dry Moringa leaves sufficiently for them to be ground to powder in preparation for storage lasting up to 6 months with no refrigeration needed. Fresh squeezed fruit juice recipes you ryt sir,i actuallly live in the north..tnx for sharing…

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