Five Uncommon Nigeria Fruits You Need To Try

Five Uncommon Nigeria Fruits You Need To Try

With the variation of climate that we have here in Nigeria, it’s only predictable that there are
lots and lots of fruits in Nigeria that many of us have never seen or even heard about –
especially since the dry and rainy seasons vary depending on location.

If you are a fruit lover like me, you’re going to want to check out this list of Nigerian fruits that  you probably have NEVER seen or tasted before – and if you also love to explore new tastes,you’ll definitely want to try them.


June Plums


June Plums are very juicy, delicious fruits with a flavor caught between pineapple and mango.They usually have a golden color, are typically found in the east, and as exciting and tasty as this fruit may sound, one thing you should never do is take a bite (big or small) when you get your hands on them.




Because They have big spiky (sharp) seeds that can wreak havoc on your tongue and in your
mouth, so it’s safer to slice the fruit first and then remove its seed before eating.

You can enjoy this Nigerian fruit as a fresh snack, dried fruit, or even better- get creative and mix it with some spices to create an even more delicious taste.Talking about being creative, it makes a fantastic sauce when used to prepare a pepper jam.




Ackee also called Ishin in Yoruba, is a pear-shaped fruit indigenously found in Nigeria and West Africa.

It is fleshy and delicious and only opens up when it’s ripe to reveal edible seeds with the nut-
like flavor and texture of scrambled eggs.Many people eat ripe ackee fruit as food and considered it a delicious dietary staple when appropriately prepared and cooked.

However, it would be wise to stay away from unripe ackee fruit because it’s very toxic and poisonous.

Some people use the fruit to make medicine to treat cold, fever, water retention (edema), and
epilepsy- there’s no scientific evidence that it works, though.


Monkey Cola


Monkey Cola is a cocoa-like fruit with a crunchy but tasty flesh caught between fresh green
peas and carrots flavor.The Nigerian fruit got its name from its history of been commonly eaten by forest monkeys in Southern Nigeria and Cameroun.
Its seeds are similar to the seeds in a cocoa pod- they’re covered in a thin sweet-tart pulp that you can easily lick or suck,It’s a great snack and delicious in a relish.


African Cherry (Agbalumo, Udara)


African Cherry is one of the most popular fruits in Nigeria, usually coming in season around November till late March.It’s an exotic Nigerian Fruit with tender, sweet flesh and seeds that makes its inner look like a star-shaped fruit, which is why some people like to call it the “African Star apple.”
Its skin, which is usually green or orange depending on how ripe it is – is chewable and can be
eaten fresh, juiced, or dried as long as it’s ripe enough – although eating it while it’s fresh will
help you enjoy a more savory flavor.

It’s also very rich in Vitamin C, and honestly, I don’t think anyone in Nigeria would say they
haven’t had this fruit before (lol, just kidding). But really, it’s common ALMOST everywhere in


Velvet Tamarind


Ever seen or heard of a fruit that you can just soak in water to make a sweet, refreshing drink?
Velvet tamarind is a seasonal Nigerian Fruits, popularly known as Awin in Yoruba, Icheku in
Igbo, and Tsamiyar kurm in Hausa.

It is a “pulp” fruit concealed in a small, black pod that you have to peel or crack open to get to
the orange pulp on the inside.

The edible pulp has a sweet, tangy taste with a hard flat seed that looks like that of watermelon at its center and can be eaten raw or, as I said before, soaked in water to make a beverage.



I hope you enjoyed this introduction to some of the uncommon fruits in Nigeria, is there any
other scarce Nigerian fruit you have come across? If yes, please give us the gist in the comment section below.

Let’s all learn together.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. Which fruits grow in Nigeria during the Rainy season?

Some of the Nigerian fruits that you can find during the Rainy season include Tangerine,
Orange, Avocados, Soursops, Pineapple, Bananas, native mango, Apples, Corn, Cucumber,
Coconut, Tropical Almond, Hog plums, and many more.


2. What are the dry season fruits in Nigeria?

Some of the Nigerian fruits that you can find during the dry season include carrots, African
Cherry, sugar cane, watermelons, garden egg, June Plums, and many more.

3. When is the Mango season in Nigeria?

Mangoes usually show up in late January or in the first few weeks of February.

4. When is the growing season for Nigeria?

The growing season in Nigeria is usually set for the beginning of the rainy season when
farmers make their lands ready for planting.

5. How many seasons do we have in Nigeria?

Like most other countries with Tropical Climate, Nigeria has two seasons: the dry and the
rainy season.

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