Author: Victory Maduakor

Variety of Mango

Variety of Mango

1. Honey (Ataulfo) Flavor: Sweet and sour Flesh: Peachy tropical aroma with smooth, firm flesh without fibers and a small pit Honey mangoes are available from March to July. The primary sources are Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador. When fully ripe, the fruit turns deep yellow with small wrinkles and acquires flattened oblong shape. 2. Francis Flavor: Sweet and fruity Flesh: Peach-like, tropical fragr... »

Variety of Citrus

Variety of Citrus

When we think about the transition from winter to spring, a time when the chafing March winds start to concede their fury and sunshine begins to stick around, we think about citrus. It also might be all this talk about spring training, the Grapefruit League and all. Head to your local grocery store, particularly in late-winter, and you will find an abundance of tangerines, grapefruits, clementines... »

Elephant Grass and it’s benefits

Elephant Grass and it’s benefits

How to Cultivate Elephant Grass? Elephant grass cultivation will be discussed starting from, land processing, elephant grass seeds, how to plant elephant grass, harvest and the benefits of elephant grass as animal feed. Understanding Elephant Grass Elephant grass is a giant grass that because of the grass is so large, so called elephant grass. But is this grass only for elephants? Certainly not. T... »

Health Benefits of Mimosa pudica (Sensitive plant)

Health Benefits of Mimosa pudica (Sensitive plant)

Mimosa pudica is kind of like an entire natural pharmacy in a single plant. This fern-like herb has a long history of use in Ayurveda, a holistic healing system that originated in India in ancient times Ayurvedic practitioners have used Mimosa pudica for ailments from head to toe, like mood disorders and wound healing. Now, scientists are starting to confirm the benefits of Mimosa pudica for a wid... »

10 Myths of the Supernatural, Taken From British Folklore

10 Myths of the Supernatural, Taken From British Folklore

Today (March 20) is World Storytelling Day, a perfect chance to celebrate the traditional tales and oral myths that give a nation a sense of itself. So, here are ten tales that have done the rounds. Some exist across all of northern Europe, because of thousands of years of trade and travel across the region. But some are very specific to their original area. The Black Dog If you are feeling more t... »

Ogiri and how to make it

Ogiri and how to make it

Ogiri is a local ingredient used for flavouring local dishes, it is made from fermented oil seeds like sesame seeds or egusi seeds. Did You Know? Ogiri is notorious for it’s smell. It has a very distinctive smell that has been likened to cheese or stinky tofu Ogiri is very popular among the Igbo people as it is used in preparing local soups such as ofe onugbu, ofe akwu (banga soup), ofe oha , ofe ... »

Benefits of Ogbono

Benefits of Ogbono

Ogbono is botanically known as Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry-Lecomte ex O’Rorke) Baill and is highly demanded due to its immense benefits. Ogbono is a specie of African trees that belongs to the genus Irvingia. The high demand for ogbono is due to its high socioeconomic, nutritional and medicinal values. Different parts of the world have different names for Irvingia gabonensis for example, it is know... »

Benefits of Cocoyam (Ede)

Benefits of Cocoyam (Ede)

Cocoyam is a root food that boast of many benefits for a healthy living. It has properties that prevent, fight and cure many diseases. Below the health expert warns against eating raw Cocoyam leaves and recommends how to cook Cocoyam to yield highest benefits to consumers CANCER PREVENTION Taro root plays an important part in the antioxidant activity in our bodies. High level of vitamin A, vitamin... »

Benefits of African oil bean seed(Ukpaka)

Benefits of African oil bean seed(Ukpaka)

The African oil bean tree grows approximately 6 meters in girth and 21 meters height. The tree is low-branched with low wide buttresses and an open crown that allows light to penetrate under its canopy. Its bark has a reddish-brown to grey colour with irregular patches that usually flakes off while the leaves are characterised by a big angular stalk that measures about 20-45 centimetres long. The ... »

Benefits of Shea Butter

Benefits of Shea Butter

Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It’s solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory color. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most shea butter still comes from that region. Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it ... »

Health benefits of grape and how to make grape juice

Health benefits of grape and how to make grape juice

  The greatness of grapes is real! Although every type of produce has a place in your diet, snacking on green, red, or purple varieties can help you get the recommended 1½ to 2 cups of fruit you need each day, as recommended by federal guidelines. Right now, only 10% of Americans eat enough, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whether you’re looking for a low-ca... »

Dangerous Food combination that can make you sick

Dangerous Food combination that can make you sick

Most of us sometimes get so busy with our lives that we seldom pay heed to what goes on inside our tummies. Below are some foods that should not be eaten together as they may cause more harm than good: 1. Sweets with Alcohol Most of us are very careful and discreet about eating food combinations when alcohol is concerned, and one such combination that can do blunders is having sweets with alcohol.... »

Benefits of building with zinc and example

Benefits of building with zinc and example

Zinc is an abundant, lightweight and shiny metal which has long been used in construction for roofs and vertical cladding. It is perhaps most extensively used in Paris, where the majority of roofs have been zinc since Napoleonic times. It’s currently becoming more popular for civic and corporate buildings that need to last a long time, as well as increasingly for homes as its sustainability benefi... »

Health of Palm kernel oil(Ude Aki)

Health of Palm kernel oil(Ude Aki)

  1. Zero Cholesterol 2. Loaded With Antioxidants 3. Unsaturated Fats 4. Rich In Vitamin K 5. Zero Trans-Fat 6. Contains Vitamin A 7. Long Shelf Life 8. Filled With Nutrients 9. Improved Hair Growth 10. Provides Naturally Soft Skin 1. Zero Cholesterol This is the most important health benefit provided by palm kernel oil. This makes it a perfect replacement for lard and butter in the cooking p... »

Health Benefits of Okpa beans

Health Benefits of Okpa beans

Okpa which is also known as Bambara groundnut pudding, Bambara beans or Bambara nut pudding has a lot of uncountable and amazing health benefits which is good for the body and vital for the normal functioning of the body as well. In Nigeria, the name Okpa is mainly used than the name Bambara nut as it not popular like other food crops but it is termed as one of the “miracle food crops”, Why? becau... »

Benefits of black pepper

Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices worldwide. It’s made by grinding peppercorns, which are dried berries from the vine Piper nigrum. It has a sharp and mildly spicy flavor that goes well with many dishes. But black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple. It has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concen... »

Four amazing folktales told by the Igbos

The eastern part of Nigeria, largely occupied by the Ibo tribe, is rich in culture, customs and traditions and one of the tenets that has survived the rage of civilization and modernization is the art of storytelling.  Interesting and educative folktales which have been passed down from generations to generations from the ‘ancestors’  are told to children in the bid to preserve the norms and cultu... »

How to make okazi soup and health benefits of okazi leaf

People don’t understand the importance of the Gnetum Africanum popularly known as Okazi leaf. Its a green leafy vegetable used in preparing various delicacies,cusines and recipes her in Nigeria and other African countries such as Congo,Gabon, Angola, Asia and South America. Congo call it Fumbaa,koko, Nigeria calls it Afang, Okazi, Cameronians call it Okoko,M’fumbaa or Fumbua, Eru. The seed ha... »

Health Benefits of Uzazi leaf and seed

Uziza leaves Spices are just as important as the salt is to a meal. They are the taste of every meal. But more importantly, spices are organic substances, unlike the salt, which is inorganic. Being organic, spices contain many important molecules which the body needs to build cells, repair worn out tissues as well as synthesize other essential chemicals such as enzymes and hormones. As such spices... »

Health Benefits of Utazi

GANGRONEMA latifolium (utazi) is a climbing shrub with broad, heart-shaped leaves that has a characteristic sharp, bitter and slightly sweet taste, especially when eaten fresh. The stems have soft/hairy that yields milky latex or exudates. It belongs to the family of plants known as Asclepiadaceae and it is widespread in tropical rainforest of West African countries, such as Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire... »

How to make cooked Ukwa and Health benefits of Ukwa(African Breadfruit)

Ukwa is a traditional meal that is commonly eaten by the Igbo people of South-Eastern Nigeria. The botanical name of this food is Treculia africana while the English name is African breadfruit. Ukwa can be made into a porridge delicacy or it can be fried and eaten with palm kernel or coconut. It is a seasonal cuisine in Nigeria and thus is expensive when it is out of season. But it can be preserve... »

How to make Bitter Leaf tea and benefits

Tea is a beloved drink all over the world. It is one of the most consumed beverages, second only to water. Bitter Leaf tea is among the most powerful  tea in the world ,it contains tons of  antioxidants which work to prevent the body’s version of rust and thus help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution. A research published in the  American journal of Biochemistry and biotechn... »

Applications of Green Biotechnology

The biotechnology sector, when defined with colors is like a rainbow, with each color denoting a particular sub-sector. The color green in biotechnology represents the areas of agricultural and environmental biotechnology. While agricultural biotechnology involves the use of scientific tools and techniques to develop the agricultural sector, the environmental biotechnology focuses on using microor... »

Health Benefits of Bitter Leaf

In the light of this, it is important to note that bitter leaves should always be taken fresh in other to enjoy its miraculous health benefits. Apart from using it for cooking, bitter leaf is rarely used for any other thing because people are unaware of its miraculous health benefits. And the sad part is that whenever it is used for cooking, almost all the nutrients are washed off the leaves. Even... »

Benefits, Side effects, and Risks of Moringa (Drumstick tree)

Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Fast facts on moringa: The tree is native to India but also grows in Asia, Africa, and South Am... »

10 Health benefits of Honey

1. Honey Contains Some Nutrients Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees.The bees collect sugar — mainly the sugar-rich nectar of flowers — from their environment. Once inside the beehive, they repeatedly consume, digest and regurgitate the nectar. The end product is honey, a liquid that serves as stored food for bees. The smell, color and taste depend on the types of flowers visited. Nut... »

10 African Myths

10 African Myths

10 Huveane In many African stories, Huveane is the first man, while in others he is portrayed as a conniving deity. For the Basotho and Bavenda peoples of Lesotho, South Africa, he is their creator. After the creation of the earth and the heavens, Huveane wanted to enjoy some peace and quiet while proudly admiring his handiwork. Unfortunately, that was about the same time that humans taught themse... »