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5 West African Fruits You Need To Try

Nigeria (and throughout West Africa) is rich in unique and nutritious fruits. If you want to expand your culinary repertoire and try something new, this list is a great place to start.Get a copy of my cookbook to learn more about Nigerian ingredients Vegan nigeria kitchen..

1.1. Agbarmo (Yoruba) | Udara (Warts) | African Star Apple | African Prunus

This popular Nigerian fruit has a bright orange appearance and a fibrous, sticky interior of milky white or dark red-orange. They contain hard, dark seeds surrounded by pulp that many people like to suck and chew. In fact, if you chew the meat and skin long enough, you will get a kind of chewing gum. In terms of taste, it can be sweet, sour, or both. It is rich in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and is rich in vitamin C. It is usually piled up high in local markets and fruit stores during the November-March season.

2.2. Baobab

The fruits, seeds and leaves of the baobab tree, which is cultivated and used mainly in northern Nigeria, are known for their high nutritional value. This fruit has the highest antioxidant content of any other fruit and is rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Dried and ground baobab can be sprinkled on smoothies, porridge and other foods to increase nutritional value.

3.3. guava

Sweet and fragrant fruits that turn pale yellow or pale pink when ripe and contain some edible seeds. It is often eaten as a snack or added to fruit salad. They are a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium and folic acid.

4.4. Rose Apple | Nigerian Apple

This fruit is not like a common apple you may be familiar with. They are close to guava in terms of texture. They have a reddish pink appearance and pale creamy flesh. It is often eaten as is and the seeds are thrown away. Contains B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, potassium and calcium.

5.5. Ube | African Plum | Elemi (Yoruba) | Eben (Efic)

Not to be mistaken for purple potato (also known by this name), this rectangular fruit has a large seed in the center, a dark purple color on the outside and a light green color on the inside. It is endemic to Nigeria and many other West African countries. It is often eaten as a snack with corn. The fruits are boiled, blanched, roasted and cooked to produce a soft buttery flesh. Therefore, it is sometimes called butter pear.


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