A couple of years ago, while on vacation in our mom's town, my siblings and I swam in the stream. On our way home, we went over a tree with ready bunches of velvet tamarind. It looked so luring we chose to cull a couple for ourselves. We were so centered around attempting to cut down a portion of the low-draping natural products from the branch we didn't see the multitude of soldier ants we have made upset. Long story short, in almost no time, we were moving, scratching and running from the genuine stings we got from these incredibly dangerous creepy crawlies. Since you are finished grinning at my not really entertaining tragedy, here is a rundown of astonishing Nigerian natural Fruits great number of us didn't know were grown in our delightful nation.
1. Velvet Tamarind
You will be astonished to discover that you definitely know this natural product as licky-licky, awin or icheku. The name originates from the dark smooth shell that covers its scrumptious orange mash. Velvet tamarind for the most part shares a season as udara and is found copiously in the southeastern Nigeria. For those of you who are yet to taste the integrity of this tamarind, the smooth shell is broken to uncover an orange mash which has a sweet and tart flavor. This mash is sucked or bitten, and the seed in the inside spat out. Tamarind could be eaten as a tidbit or the mash could be absorbed in water to set up a tamarind drink which weakens the tart-like taste of the Tamarind.
2. Ube Okpoko
This amazing fruit known as ube okpoko by the Igbos and atili by the Hausas is like ube (African pear) yet so extraordinary. This little estimated natural product is comparative in size to an olive yet is oiler than the African pear. It has a rich, smooth mash like the avocado. Ube okpoko is sold in cellophane sacks which contain around twelve cooked natural products. It could be eaten straight or sprinkled with salt for additional flavor. Atili oil could be extricated from the fruit. Viewed as neighborhood olive oil; this green oil could be utilized in cooking, as it is more nutritious and delightful than the customary cooking oil.
Despite the fact that this destructive and delightful tropical fruit is Jamaica's national natural product, it bears its root from the West-Africa. Known as ishin by Yorubas, ackee develops on evergreen trees that can arrive at 50 feet tall. The genuine natural products are cases, developed in bunches, which go from green to red and split open when ready. Ackee is such a bizarre natural product, albeit incredibly flavorful when ready; the unripe organic products are very dangerous. Just the delicate rich inward substance of the ackee which has a marginally nutty flavor is eatable as the seeds of an unripe fruit are dangerous to the health.
4. June Plums
This oval-shaped fruit is a wonder with its thick skin and the tropical bouquet of flavor it produces when harvested. This fruit is best eaten when fully ripe; at this stage, its taste is a fusion of mango, apple and pineapple flavors. June plums are commonly used in making delicious jams and juices. They are also a great pickling ingredient and a traditional accompaniment to ice cream and yogurt. One thing to bear in mind when eating this tropical wonder; do not take a bite just yet, as beneath the delicious creamy flesh lies a spiky seed.
5. The Rose Apple
These little tear-drop molded fruits are about 1 to 2 crawls in measurement. The yellowish-green tissue gets flushed with pink when it matures and radiates an exceptionally fragrant aroma suggestive of a sprouting rose, and offers a sweet botanical flavor, similar to rose water. The tissue has a fresh, nearly crunchy surface when ready and newly picked. In the middle contains one to four little brown seeds that are free inside the center. At the point when the entire natural product is shaken, the seeds clatter inside the little hole. Be that as it may, just the smooth substance is devoured as the seeds and roots are viewed as toxic.
These fruits, even though did not have their origin in Nigeria still have some of them growing here is Nigeria and most of them are well known in Nigeria but most of us might not know it is grown in Nigeria.
Which of them do you know? Leave yours in the comments section.