4 Fruits Nigerians Don't Know The English Name

Nigerians are so creative that rather than find out the English names of certain fruits, they have either stuck with the traditional name or invented a new name for the said fruit. 

To be sincere I never knew the names of all the fruits here, until now. 


1. Tropical Almonds

The tropical almond can be found in many parts of Southern Nigeria. But Nigerians don’t bother calling it tropical almond. This delicious fruit is referred to as “ebelebo”.

Hausa Groundnut 

2. Tiger Nuts

The name “Tiger nut” is yet to stick to this sweet root from Northern Nigeria. Tiger nut is called its traditional name in various parts of the country; Ofio in the Southwest, Aki Hausa in the Southeast and Aya in the North. But here in Warri we call it Hausa Groundnut.


3. Black Velvet Tamarind

To undertake a fruitless (in both senses) market search, you only have to keep asking for “black velvet tamarind”. If you’re interested in enjoying the sweet-tart goodness of this fruit, please forget your “shakara” and call it “lickie lickie” or "shewu".

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4. African Star Apple

Try searching for African star apple on Google and watch the search engine struggle to come up with results. But search for “Agbalumo” and watch Google turn to superstar with numerous results. This is because Nigerians only know this fruit as Agbalumo, not as the African Star Apple.

But here in Warri, I believe we call it sherry... haha.. forgive my spellings..... Its not even on the market yet, maybe its not its season.

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor
Stay Healthy Stay Wise 

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