Soko is very popular in Nigeria and different parts of Africa. (WH tip: Freeze a bag of leaves, rather than those âfrozen spinachâ blocks, for an easy throw-in for smoothies or curries.) Typically, spinach can be eaten raw as part of salad or can be cooked when preparing traditional soups. Igbo Culture | Igbo Language Food and Recipes. Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that is not native to Nigeria so it does not have a Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa Nigerian name. * Utazi /Otazi leaves (Gongronema latifolium):This leaf is heart shaped with a somewhat bitter taste(not as bitter as bitter leaf) and is usually eaten raw. African Jointfir. Spinach, Spinacia oleracea, is a leafy herbaceous annual plant in the family Amaranthaceae grown for its leaves which are used as a vegetable.The spinach plant has simple leaves which stem from the center of the plant and measure about 2â30 cm (0.8â12.0 in) â¦ Nigerian pumpkin leaf has a unique leaf arrangement. Image of Lagos spinach plant (soko). AFRICAN SPINACH (EFO-TETE) African Spinach is dark green leafy vegetables found in most African countries specifically in the western part of Africa, African Spinach is also known as Efo-tete in Yoruba language, African Spinach is a perennial herb and available in Lagos area market all year round as expected, it is in great abundance during the rainy season,and its botanically name â¦ NigerianDictionary.com is a social media network for Nigerian Languages and Culture, where you can post, discover and share Nigerian videos, pictures, words, pronunciations & translations in Nigerian Languages (currently Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba) ... English Name: African Egg Plant leaf Local Name: Efo Igbo (Yoruba) Botanically: Solanum macrocarpon, Family Solanaceae. The âLagos Spinachâ is a very popular vegetable in Lagos Metropolitan area markets. Ukase. Wild spinach (English) Gnetum africanum (botanical name). Afang soup and ukazi are the same. At the end of the 3 stalks, you will find a leaf. Okok. The scientific name is Telfairia occidentalis. Photo credit: Kunle Olopa . One stalk comes out from the main stalk and branches out into three stalks. Ukazi Leaf Common names (tribes/languages): Ukazi leaf (igbo) okazi leaf (igbo) Afang leaf (ibibio/akwa Ibom) Eru. Nigerian chophouses typically list a number of soups with meat or fish ingredients, served with either pounded yam, eba (steamed garri), semovita or jollof rice. The Igbo name for Nigerian pumpkin leaves is Ugu. Among its many names are: quail-grass, Lagos spinach and sokoyokoto in southwestern Nigeria, perhaps to reflect its royal status among the Yoruba who use it as the chief ingredient in their popular efo riro dish. It is commonly sold during raining season. There may be native Nigerian vegetables that look like spinach but they are not the same as the spinach found in temperate regions. Pounding yam is an effort on its own, and after observing its pounding, you probably value your food a lot more. Akwa ibom call it Afang igbo call it ukazi. The leaf is green and itâs a rich source of vitamins and minerals. mâfumbua, or fumbua. The G sounds like the G in GO. A perennial herb, the flavor profile is slightly bitter and the leaves are slightly diuretic.