Abundant on our planet are numerous nutritious fruits. The array of fruits found in Africa may not be familiar to everyone. Owing to their ancestral origins and traditional or tribal labels, the true English names of these fruits often remain unknown to many individuals.
Certain fruits have traditionally been referred to by specific countries or ethnicities. In this article, we will unveil the actual names of three well-known Nigerian fruits. Here is a compilation of them:
Cherry or Udara:
Among Nigerians, cherries are undoubtedly adored and consumed more than any other food. Regrettably, the majority of people are unfamiliar with the genuine name of this fruit. The tropical fruit commonly known as “cherry,” which is only available during the fall season, is called the “Cherry.” In Nigeria, it is referred to as “Agwaluma” by the Hausa and Yoruba people, while the Igbo people know it as “Udara.”
Hausa groundnut or Ofio:
This widely available delicacy from Nigeria is highly favored. Due to its cultivation in the northern part of the country, it is often called “Hausa groundnut.” However, the true name for this nutrient-dense nut or fruit is “Tiger nuts.” Moreover, Tiger nuts have gained popularity globally, particularly in Asia. The English term “tiger nuts” has only recently become well-known.
Icheku or Awin:
This particular fruit boasts one of the finest seeds found anywhere. It is enjoyed by both young and adult individuals alike. However, very few people are aware of the true name of this renowned fruit. In Yoruba, it is known as Awin, while the Igbo call it Icheku, and the Hausa refer to it as Tsamiyar kurm. Its formal English name is “Black velvet tamarind.” It is a seasonal fruit with delightful orange pulp………See More