The African Breadfruit Meal (Ukwa)

The African Breadfruit is scientifically known as Treculia africana. Now let’s know what’s up with this nutritious food. Introduction: It is also called afon in Yoruba; ize in Benin, Jekri and Sobo; izea in Ijaw; and ediang in Efik. Ukwa as is known by the Igbo speaking tribe of Nigeria is the seed of the […]

Food Folklore: Beliefs About Food (2)

This is in continuation of food folklore (1) a few days ago in order to showcase food folklore in other food categories not mentioned in the last post. Enjoy the read! Dairy Milk: Prevents scurvy; helps to heal ulcers; causes constipation; unpasteurized milk has more nutrients than pasteurized; a glass of milk before bed causes […]

Food Folklore: Beliefs About Food (1)

As you already know, there are numerous sayings and beliefs associated with foods in any locality. These food folklore have been found to be passed down from generations to generations. Most of them had been initiated from ancestral experience with certain foods. Also, some were born out of plain curiosity or some sort of attribution. […]

Variety is The Spice of Life!

One may be wondering…. What is all the spice about? Well, the FDA (Food and Drug Agency) defines spice as “aromatic vegetable substances, in the whole, broken, or ground form, whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutrition”. In other words make eating pleasurable, exciting to the organoleptic senses. Why do we need […]

A Chocolate Treat for the “Nigerian Workaholic”

Have you had a chocolate treat today? The way most people consume chocolates, especially the female folks, one might begin to wonder… Is This The Chocolate Challenge? Well, to whom it may concern; Sugary, chocolate-flavored foods become a problem when they crowd out more nutritious foods — for example, if a chocolate bar replaces fruit […]

The Choice between Bitter Kola or Kola Nut?

I’d rather eat unsweetened food than bitter food. Unlike me, most people have a sweet tooth. But it all comes down to the fact that you can’t enjoy bitter foods unless you learn to like them. The bitter kola is bitter, whereas the kola nut is slightly bitter when chewed but leaves a pleasant sweet […]

Igbo Local Vegetable Salad

The Igbo local vegetable salad is a relishing traditional delicacy of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. It is mostly prepared to serve alongside a main dish. It is eaten as a dessert or as a heavy snack with some fresh palm wine or traditionally brewed beer. It can be prepared as a spicy food also […]

Foods for Cold

Happy Independence everyone! We all have been experiencing the cold weather, it’s still the raining season in Nigeria and a day hasn’t gone by without it drizzling or pouring down. Most times, the day starts pretty warm, only for it to start raining once you step out the house. This has happened to me several […]

Save your heritage, eat traditional foods and stay healthy.

Do you know that most of your traditional/local foods are more nutrient dense and nutritious than packaged and processed foods? Now let’s know more about traditional foods. What are traditional foods? From its name, traditional foods are foods consumed in the way our ancestors ate them. They are naturally grown, nutrient-dense, and thoughtfully prepared. They […]