Health Benefits and Side Effects of Scent leaf

Scent leaf also known as basil leaf is a herb that is widely used for its culinary and medicinal benefits. Scent leaf is commonly used for stomach problems such as spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, diarrhea, constipation, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. In Nigeria […]

Side Effects of Eating Suya Meat

  Suya  or tsire is a popular spicy meat skewer which is a popular food item in Nigeria and most parts of West Africa. It is also eaten in Sudan, referred to as “Agashe”. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used. However, […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Catfish

Catfish is one of the most popular source of protein in Africa as one the oldest and most widespread fish species this fish adapt so well to their environment that they thrive worldwide, with the exception of a few places with extremely low or high temperatures. The name catfish refers to the long barbels, or […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Dabino (Dates Palms)

Popularly known as Dabino in Nigeria, date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) has been known for as long as recorded history. Apart from its importance as a food source for man and animals, all parts of the plant have their use in medicine, pharmacognosy, chemistry, and religion, and in the fishing, horticulture, and construction industries. Dabino […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects Of Agbalumo

Agbalumo is a close relative of the African star apple (Chrysophyllum africanum) which is common throughout West Africa. It is called Udara by the Igbos of the eastern and southern parts of Nigeria, and the Hausas in the northern part of the country call it Agwaluma. The English name for agbalumo is African star apple. […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Guinea corn

Guinea corn is a nutrient-rich grain that is often ground into flour to make bread, porridge and pancakes. Including it in your diet offers a number of nutritional and therapeutic benefits. A 1/4 cup serving of dry guinea corn contains 163 calories. Compared to other grains, guinea corn contains about the same amount of calories. […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Pumpkin Leaves

Pumpkin leaf is a dark green leafy vegetable found in the tropics, rich in water, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, vitamins A , K and folate. It is scientifically known as Cucurbita moschata Duchesne . It is used for various soups in the West African sub-region. Squash & Pumpkin leaves are indeed, edible. In […]

Alligator Pepper: Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects

Alligator pepper also known as Atare (in Yoruba), Chitta (Hausa) or Guinea Pepper mbongo spice,  or hepper pepper is a West African spice made from the seeds and seed pods of Aframomum danielli. It is a close relative of grains of paradise, obtained from the closely related species, Aframomum melegueta. Unlike grains of paradise, which […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Garden Eggs

Garden eggs, also known as eggplant or aubergines, is a vegetable that is increasingly becoming very popular around the world. It belongs to the nightshade family of plants and are used in many different dishes around the world. Although often considered a vegetable, they’re technically a fruit, as they grow from a flowering plant and […]

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Eating Fufu

  Fufu is an essential food in most of West Africa, and it followed enslaved West Africans when they came to the Caribbean. It is often described as having a slightly tart and sour taste. It’s eaten across West Africa, in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Sierra Leone and more, and it pairs well with […]