Popular Nigerian fruits and their names

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We all spent our childhoods walking around the neighborhood and seeing these fruits for sale on the corner, but do you know what their English names are?

Popular Nigerian fruits and their names: Some fruits native to West Africa have been known by their traditional names or by names that have been made up more recently. It’s likely that you were unaware of the proper names of these well-known fruits in Nigeria.

The five most common fruits, as well as the botanical and English names for them, are listed here.

1. Black Velvet Tamarind

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This fruit is referred to as Icheku (in Igbo), Awin (in Yoruba), and Tsamiyar kurm (in Tsamiyar) in Nigeria (Hausa). Among children, it is also commonly referred to as “licki licki.”

2. Tropical Almonds

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This delicious fruit, which is simply known as “fruit,” can be discovered in a variety of locations across Southern Nigeria.

3. Rose Apple

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The name “Local Apple” is most commonly used to refer to this rose apple.

4. African Star Apple

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If you ask for this fruit in Nigeria using the name “Agbalumo” (Yoruba) or “Udara”(Igbo) you will have a better chance of finding it. There are also those who refer to it as “African Cherry.”

5. Tiger nuts

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This fruit is commonly referred to as Aki Hausa in the Southeast, in the North, and in the Southwest, while in the Southwest, it is called Ofio. However, the term “Tiger nut” is steadily gaining traction in the public consciousness among Nigerians.


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