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Yoruba Herbs and spices

HERBS & SPICES IN YORUBA

Tiger nut - Ofio

Onion - Alubọsa

Ginger - Atalẹ

Bell pepper - Tataṣe

Garlic - Ayù

Kola nut - Obi

Cinnamon - Oriira

Walnut - Awùsá/Àsálà

Spring onion - Alubọsa Elewe

Bitter Kola - Orogbo

Basil - Efinrin

Bitterleaf - Ewuro

Indigo plant - Èlú (Aro)

Shea butter - Òrí

Chilli pepper/Bonnet - Ata rodo

Alligator pepper - Atare

Grape - Eso Àjàrà

Water letuce - Ojú oró

Nutmeg - Aríwó

Dates - Labidun

Bitter melon - Ejirin wewe

Eggplant - Igba/Ikan

Cayenne pepper - Ṣọmbọ

Tumeric - Ajo (Atalẹ pupa)

Marijuana - Igbó

Corn silk - Irukere agbado

Lemon - Ijaganyin

Jute - Ewedu

Tamarind - Awin

Pumpkin - Elégédé

Lime - Osan wewe

Bamboo - Oparun

Moringa - Ewelẹ

Watermelon - Ibara

Wild lettuce - Ẹfọ Yanrin

Aloe vera - Eti Erin

Milkweed - Bomubomu

Roselle Hibiscus - Iṣapa

Cucumber - Apálá

Camwood - Osùn

Plum -Ìgọ

Hog plum - Ìyeyè

Almond - Ofio omu

Miracle berry - Agbayun

Black pepper - Iyere

Lotus plant- Oṣibata

Bush mango - Oro

Fig - Ọ̀pọ̀tọ́ (Eeya)

Siam weed - Ewe Akintola

Raffia palm - Ògùrọ

Earth chestnut - Botuje

Sugar cane - Ireke

Bush mango (seed) - Àpòn

Waterleaf - Ẹfọ Gbure

Ackee - Iṣin

Bambara nut - Ẹpa roro/Orubu

Sinach - Ẹfọ Tẹtẹ

Cloves - Kanafuru

Breadfruit - Gbere

Parsley - Isako

Palm kernel - Ekuro

Dates - Aran, Labidun

Beniseed - Gogo, Gorigo

Asparagus - Aluki

Velvet bean - Werepe

Locust plant - Igba

Sage - Kiriwi

Soursop - Eko omode

Pigeon pea - Otiili

Custard Apple - Afon, Abo

Datura - Gegemu

Castor bean - Laara

Barbadus nut - Lapalapa

Lemon grass - Koriko oba

Starbur - Dagunro

Jack bean - Sèsé

Miracle leaf - Abamoda

Wiregrass - Ewe eran

*Note that pronunciations vary according to which side of the Yoruba States individuals are from.

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