Sep 07 2018
TWI NAMES OF SPICES/HERBS YOU NEVER KNEW
What comes to mind when you hear ‘Show what your mama gave you’? Calm down and stop shaking your bum bum.
That’s not the topic for discussion today.
Most people struggle to put what their mama gave them in writing because it’s hard trying to find those words to fit. Yeah, it’s that recipe from your mother, father, grandmother or aunty.
English, however on fleek it is these days still struggle to find its Twi companions when it comes to recipes.
Imagine trying to find the English name for Pr3k3s3. See? Wo na wo hy33 h) no!
This article is a two-edged sword. You may know the English name of a herb you probably use and would want Twi name or vice versa. Either way, we got you.
Here are some spices/herbs and their twi names:
Anise Seeds – Nketenkete
Grains of Selim/ Negro Pepper – Hwentia
African Orchid Nutmeg – Yammia/Awerewa
Peppercorns – Esro Wisa
Grains of Paradise/Alligator Pepper – Efom Wisa
Cloves -P3pr3/Dadwa Amba
Aridan – Pr3k3s3
African Locust Beans – Dawadawa
Garden Egg Leaves – Gboma
West African Basil – Nunum/Scent Leaf
Basil – Akoko Mb3sa