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LOCAL NAMES OF FRUITS, SEEDS,HERBS & SPICES

  • SHEA BUTTER                                                          ORI
  • PUMPKIN –                                                                UGU
  • BUSH BUCK :                                                            UTAZI / AROKEKE
  • BITTER LEAF –                                                         EWURO / ONUGBU
  • JUTE LEAF –                                                             EWEDU
  • AFRICAN OIL BEAN SEED –                                UGBA
  • BAOBAB –                                                                  AWIN
  • CAMWOOD / RED SANDALWOOD-                 OSUN
  • TURMERIC –                                                            ATA ILE PUPA
  • GINGER –                                                                  ATA ILE
  • HIBISCUS –                                                               ZOBO
  • WALNUT –                                                                ASALA
  • HENNA –                                                                   LAILI
  • COCONUT OIL –                                                      ADIN AGBON
  • PALM KERNEL OIL –                                             ADIN DUDU
  • FENUGREEK –
  • BASIL –                                                                      EFIRIN
  • BLACK PEPPER –                                                   IYERE
  • CLOVE –                                                                    KONOFURU
  • NEGRO PEPPER –                                                  EERU/ SYLOPIA ACTHIPIA/ UDA /KIMBA
  • CALABASH NUT MEG –                                       ARIWO / EHU
  • NEEM –                                                                     DONGOYARO
  • OKRO –                                                                      ILA
  • TALLOW –                                                                 ORA-ERAN (COW FAT)
  • LARD –                                                                        PIG FAT
  • SCENT LEAF                                                             AFIRIN
  • MACKEREL                                                               TITUS FISH
  • TIGER NUT                                                               OFI HO
  • ALMOND                                                                   FRUIT / TROPICAL ALMOND
  • KOLA – NUT                                                              OBI
  • BITTER KOLA                                                           OROGBO
  • YUCA LEAF                                                               EWE PAKI / CASSAVA LEAF
  • AVOCADO                                                                  PEAR
  • CASSAVA                                                                    PAKI
  • CASSAVA FLAKES                                                   GARRI
  • BANANA & PLANTAIN                                           O GBEDE
  • YAM FLOUR                                                             ELUBO
  • PLANTAIN FLOUR                                                 ELUBO OGBEDE
  • BEANS                                                                        EWA
  • YAM                                                                            ISU
  • SWEET POTATOES                                                ODUN KUN
  • SNAIL                                                                         IGBIN
  • RED PALM-OIL                                                       EPO- PUPA
  • EGG PLANT                                                              OBOGILI
  • LEMON / LIME                                                        OSAN WEWE
  • PAW-PAW                                                                  IBEPE
  • BELL PEPPER                                                           TATASE
  • HONEY                                                                       OYIN
  • CAYENE                                                                     BAWA
  • CHILLI –                                                                  SHOMBO
  • GARLIC     –                                                            AYU
  • OKRA                                                                       ILA
  • DATES BAR                                                            DABINU (IN HAUSA)
  • PEANUT / GROUNDNUT                                   EPA
  • Borreria verticillata –                                            Irawo ile
  • Nicotiana tabacum –                                              Ewe taba
  • Thorny pigweed/prickly amaranth –                  Tete eleegun in yoruba
  • Tabasco pepper –                                                    Ata-wewe
  • Lettuce –                                                                    Yanrin
  • Enantia chloranta –                                                  Awopa
  • Jatropha curcas –                                                      Botuje, Lapalapa
  • cotton-leaf physicnut-                                                Botuje pupa
  • Tigernut                                                                        Ofio
  • MISTLETOE                                                                 AFOMO  (in yoruba)
  • POTASH COCOA/ PLANTAIN  POD-ASH                                   ARO
  • SNAIL                                                                                            IGBIN
  • PALM KERNEL OIL (PKO)                                                    ADIN DUDU
  •  COCOA BUTTER                                                                   ORA COCOA
  •  ORANGE                                                                                OSAN
  •  MACKEREL                                                                           TITUS
  • African Red Pepper or Bird’s Pepper

             Ata Eiye  – Yoruba

             Igbo – Ose Oyibo

             Hausa – Barkono

            Esan – Usira

             Benin – Isie

  • Leaves of Mormodica Charantia

Yoruba – Ejirin

English – Balsam Pear

  • Lime Citrus Aurantifolia

Yoruba – Osan wewe

Igbo – Epe nkirisi

Hausa – Lemu

  • Basil Ocinum

English – Scent Leaves

Yoruba – Efirin

Igbo – Nchanwu

  • Avocado Pear  Persea Americana

Yoruba – Pia

Igbo – Ubebekee/ Ube Oyibo

Bini – Orumwu

Efic – Eban Mbakara

  • African Marigold  Aspilia Africana

Yoruba – Yun Yun

Igbo – Uranjila

Hausa – Kalan Kuwa

Urhobo – Isahrasa

Efik – Edemeron

  • Pigeon Peas Cajanus Cajans

Yoruba – Otili/ Feregede

Bini – Orela

Esan – Olele

Igbo – FioFio

  • Baobab Tree

Bark of Adansonia Digitata

Yoruba – Ose

Hausa – Kuka

Bini – Usi

  • Ageratum Conyzoides

English – Goat weed

Igbo – Akwukwo nwa Osi n’aka or ahenhea

Yoruba – Imi-eshu

Bini Eb – ghedore

Urhobo – Ikpamaku

Efik – Otiti

  • Morinda Lucida

English – Brimstone tree

Yoruba – Oruwo, Eruwo

Igbo – Eze-ogu, Njisi

  • Alstonia Boneei

English – Stool wood

Igbo – Egbu

Yoruba – Ahun, Awun

Esan – Ojegbuhkun

  • Water Leaf

Talinum Triangulare

Yoruba – Gbure

Hausa – Alenyruwa

Igbo – Nte-Oka

  • Bitter Leaf

Igbo – Onugbu

Yoruba – Ewuro

  • Capsicum frutenscens

English – Birds pepper, African red pepper

Igbo – Ose, Ose oyibo

Yoruba – Ata eiye

Hausa – Barkono

Benin – Isie

  • Newbouldia laevis

English – Fertility plant

Igbo – Ogirishi

Yoruba – Akoko

Esan – Uhkimi

  • Jartropha Curcas

English – Pig nut

Igbo – Olulu-idu

Hausa – Da Zugu

Yoruba – Botuje, Lapalapa.

  • Talinum triangulare

English – Water leaf

Igbo – Ntu oka, ofe bekee

Yoruba – Ibure

  • Xylopia aethiopica

Yoruba – Erunje

Igbo – Uda

Hausa – Kimba

Esan – Usira

  • Spondias mombin

English – Hog plum

Igbo – Ijikara

Yoruba – Akika, Iyeye

Hausa – Tsadar masar

Bini – Okhighan

MUSHROOM

Yoruba —- Olu

Hausa— naman kaza

Igbo — ero

PALM WEVILS

Yoruba — pipi weevils

Hausa —

Igbo —

GOAT HEAD

Yoruba — ori ewúrẹ

Hausa — goat kai

Igbo — isi ewu

Urhobo —

PORK MEAT

Yoruba — ẹran ẹlẹdẹ

Hausa —  naman alade

Igbo — anụ ezi

Urhobo – Esi

AFRICAN STAR APPLE

Yorub

Hausa —

Igbo — african kpakpando apụl

VELVET TAMARIND

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

GREEN BEANS

Yoruba — alawọ ewe ìrísíTop of Form

Bottom of Form

Hausa —- kore wake

Igbo — agwa agwa

OKRA

Yoruba — okra

Hausa — okra

Igbo —- okra

TOMATOES

Yoruba — Tomati

Hausa —- Tomatir

Igbo — tomato

BANANA

Yoruba —- ogede

Hausa —- ayaba

Igbo — unere, unine

AFRICAN PEAR

Yoruba — eso pia, peari

Hausa — pear

Igbo — ube

HUG PLUMS

Yoruba — pelu pelu

Hausa—- Hug kashi

Igbo— mgbe ozi

BROWN RICE

Yoruba — brown rice

Hausa — Brown shinkafa

Igbo —- osikapa aja aja

GUINEA CORN

Yoruba — guinea oka

Hausa— guinea masara

Igbo — oka oka

CORN

Yoruba – Agbado, oka

Hausa — masara

Igbo -ọka

Efik – Abakpa Richard

SESAME SEED

Yoruba — Irugbin sesame

Hausa — sesame iri

Igbo — mkpuru mkpuru sesame

SESAME OIL

Yoruba – si oi

Hausa – sesame oil

Igbo —- owu owu

WATER MELON

Yoruba — elegede

Hausa – kankana

Igbo — anyu

CUCCUMBER

Yoruba — kukumba

Hausa – kokwamba, kakamba

Igbo — kukumba

ONIONS

Yoruba – alubosa

Hausa – alubosa

Igbo – yabasi, ayim

Efik – Ayim

GROUNDNUT OIL

Yoruba- Ororo

Hausa- mai

Igbo –

PINEAPPLE

Yoruba – ope oyinbo

Igbo – Akwuolu / oku ochaHausa -abarba

Bini – Edin ebo

Idoma – Egede

LEMONGRASS

Yoruba – Kooko Oba

Hausa -Tsauri

Igbo – Achara Ehi

Edo – Eti

Efik – Ikon Eti

Ibibio – myoyaka makara

ORANGE

Yoruba – Osan

Hausa – Lemu

Igbo –Oloma

Efik – Sokoro

Idoma – Alemu

CABBAGE

Yoruba – Araasa

Hausa –

Igbo – Oga ofia

WATERLEAF

Yoruba – Efirin

Hausa – Daidoya

Igbo – Nahianwu

COCOA BEANS

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

MISTLETOE

Yoruba

Igbo

Hausa

TURMERIC

Yoruba  –  Atale pupa

Hausa – Kwata

Igbo

YAM

Yoruba – Isu

Hausa -Doya

Igbo – ji

Bini – Iyan

Efik – Bia or Udia

Idoma – Ihi

Urhobo – Oneh

WATER YAM

Yoruba – Ewura

Hausa –

Igbo – ọna /ji mbanna

Bini – Igie’wa

Efik – Abeghe

MILK

Yoruba – Wara

Igbo – mmiri araHausa – madara

Efik – mmongeba

Urhobo – Iminiki

BASIL

Yoruba – Efirin

Hausa –

Igbo – Nchanwu

DILL

Hausa

Yoruba

Igbo – ududo /ikpere

MINT LEAF

Yoruba –

Hausa –

Igbo –

SOURSOP

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PLANTAIN

Yoruba – Ogede

Hausa – Agade/ Ayaba

Igbo – Jioko/  Oji-Oko

Urhobo – Ode

Idoma – Angbor

FENUGREEK

Yoruba Ewedu

Hausa  Hulba

Igbo

WALNUT

Yoruba  – Asala/Awusa

Hausa Gyada –

Igbo – (Udi) Ukpa

Bini – Okhue / Okwe

BLACK WALNUT SHELL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

BROWN WALNUT SHELL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

OLIVE OIL

Yoruba – olifi epo

Hausa –  man zaitun

Igbo – mmanụ oliv

COCONUT OIL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo – mmanụ akị bekee

Urhobo – Ori kokodia

PEAR

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo – ube

COCONUT WATER

Yoruba – Omi-Adiagbon

Hausa –

Igbo –  n’akị bekeemmiri

Urhobo – Ame-kokodia

LIME JUICE

Yoruba – Omi osan wewe

Hausa – lemun tsami ruwan ‘ya’yan itace

Igbo

ORANGE PEEL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo – oroma

LEMON PEEL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CARROT

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo – karọt

GREEN PEPPER

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CHILLI PEPPER

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

HABANERO

Yoruba – Atarodo

Hausa – atarugu

Igbo

GARDEN EGG

Yoruba – ọgba ẹyinHausa -lambu kwai

Igbo – anyara

HIBISCUS FLOWER

Yoruba –

Hausa – Zobo

Igbo

WHEAT

Yoruba –

Hausa

Igbo

BEANS

Yoruba -Ewa  Hausa – WakeIgbo – Agwa

CORIANDER

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

NONI

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

FENNEL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

SWEET POTATOE

Yoruba – dun ọdunkun

Hausa – dadi dankali

Igbo – Ji Nwa nụnụ

IRISH POTATOE

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

BUSH MANGO

Yoruba – Apon

Hausa –

Igbo – Ogbono

CRAY FISH

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CAT FISH

Yoruba – Eja-Aro

Hausa – Kurungu

Igbo – Azụ

MACKEREL FISH

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo – ugwere

CRAB

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PRAWN

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

SALT

Yoruba – Iyo

Hausa –  gishiri

Igbo –  nnu

Efik – inung

NEEM OIL

Yoruba

Hausa – Dogonyaro

Igbo

NEEM LEAF

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

NEEM POWDER

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

MORINGA SEED

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

MORINGA LEAF

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CASHEW OIL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CASHEW

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

CASHEW FRUIT

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PEANUT BUTTER

Yoruba – Epa bota

Hausa – Gyada man shanu

Igbo – Ahụekere a kwọrọ akwọ

PUMPKIN

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PAWPAW

Yoruba – Ibepe

Hausa – gwanda

Igbo – okwulu oyibo

PUMPKIN SEED

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PUMPKIN SEED OIL

Yoruba

Hausa

Igbo

PEANUT

Yoruba – Epa

Igbo

Hausa

TIGERNUT

Yoruba – ofio

Hausa – Aya

Igbo – Akiausa

Igala –  όpu-όpa

TIGERNUT FLOURS

Yoruba —- Tigernut iyẹfun

Hausa— Tigernut gari

Igbo —- ntụ ọka tigernut

YAM FLOUR

Yoruba —- Iyẹfun yam

Hausa —- yam gari

Igbo —- ntụ ọka yam

PLANTAIN FLOUR

Yoruba– iyẹfun onitini

Hausa— gurasar shuka

Igbo — ntụ ọka plantain

BEANS FLOUR

Yoruba — BẸRẸ FUN

Hausa — FIRWAN BISHARA

Igbo —- MGBE AHỤ

COCOA POWDER

Yoruba – koko luluHausa – koko fodaIgbo – koko ntụ ntụ COCOA BUTTERHausa – koko ButterYoruba – koko Bota COCOAYoruba – kokoHausa – kokoUrhobo – IkokoIgbo – KokoIdoma – Acumba     PARSLEYIgbo – Pasili AkwukwoYoruba- Parsley bunkumHausa- Faski Leaf CABBAGEYoruba – Eso kabeejiIgbo – KabejiHausa – Kabeji GOAT MILKHausa – goat madaraYoruba – ewúrẹ waraIgbo – ewu mmiri ara ehi COCONUTYoruba – Adi agbonHausa – kwakwaIgbo – aki bekee / Ube OyiboUrhobo – KokodiaEfik – Isip-Mbakara HEMP LEAFYoruba – hemp bunkunEfik – Ikong EkpoIdoma – Utaba HEMP SEED

Yoruba – hemp irugbin

PALM WINE

Yoruba – Emu

Efik – Ukot Nsong

WATER

Yoruba – Omi

Hausa – Ruwa

Igbo – mmiri

Bini – Ame

Efik – Mmong

Idoma – Enkpor/ Eyi

PALM OIL

Yoruba –Epo Pupa

Hausa – dabino da man fetur

Igbo –Mmanu

HONEY

Yoruba – Oyin Igbo – Zmanụ aṅụHausa – ZumaIdoma – Enwu/Ewu

Urhobo – Oyohn

Efik – Adan Okwok

CASTOR OIL

Yoruba – Castor Epo

Hausa

Igbo – ogiri/ogili

Idoma  – Anor

Hausa –

Yoruba –

CASTOR

COCOA POWDER

Yoruba – koko luluHausa – koko fodaIgbo – koko ntụ ntụ COCOA BUTTERHausa – koko ButterYoruba – koko Bota COCOAYoruba – kokoHausa – kokoUrhobo – IkokoIgbo – KokoIdoma – Acumba

236 thoughts on “LOCAL NAMES OF FRUITS, SEEDS,HERBS & SPICES

  1. Olatunbosun Mariam says:

    PLEASE WHAT IS THE YORUBA NAME OF RASPBERRY LEAVE.THANKS

  2. Demilade ayodeji says:

    Please Potash

    1. admin says:

      local potash is cocoa pod or plaintain pod used to make African black soap

  3. Korie says:

    What is the igbo name of flaxseed? Thanks

    1. admin says:

      Flaxseeed is not indeginous to us in africa hence does not have a local name

  4. Ahmed Fawaizah says:

    Please what is the Yoruba name for argan nut

    1. admin says:

      Argan isnt indeginous to us in nigeria

  5. Princess Umunadi says:

    What’s the Yoruba or Hausa name for saw palmetto. Thanks

    1. admin says:

      saw palmetto isnt indigenous to Africa hence it doesnt have a local name

  6. Faith duke says:

    Palm wine in Igbo is Nkwu or Ngwo

  7. blessing says:

    What is the local name for chia seed here in Nigeria

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