Do you want to know he local name of spices such as turmeric in Twi? If your answer is yes, read on.
Locally prepared dishes in Ghana and Africa are really delicious as they come with a very sweet aroma due to the local spices and herbs used.
This post contains:
- list of spices in Ghana
- local (twi) names for spices like, turmeric, oregano, bay leaf, etc
- and a lot more
It’s no news that Africans precisely Ghanaians would opt for locally prepared dishes on any normal day.
Yeah, it is true, right? Then there must be a secrete behind this.
And the secrete behind our dishes is no other thing than our local SPICES. Africans or Ghanaian local spices have really done wonderful things in our dishes and perhaps have made us stuck to our local foods.
Are you marveled at what our local spices can do?
Relax and enjoy this article as I bring you more on local spices in Ghana. Maggie cubes and Onga are not natural or local spices. There are many local spices they include the following with their local names and uses;
You can watch this video for all the spices and their local names or read the full article below.
List of spices in Ghana 2020
The Akan name for prekese is aridan.
It is usually burnt right on the coal pot before it is used. It gives off a nice aroma.
It is believed that when prekese is taken adequately enhances the quality of breast milk of a lactating mother and also a symbol which stands for power.
Prekese or Aridan improves blood flow and helps to avoid inflammation in man.
As well known to be ‘stinking fish’ Momone is prepared by fermenting a salted fish nearly to rot in (salt solution) or brine for some days.
Afterward, it is left in the sun again for some days. Usually it is used in soups and it brings some nice taste into the soup.
Potash also known as Potassium Carbonate (K2C03) is traditionally known as Kanwu or Kaawe.
Kanwu is used to prepare waakye. When used in waakye it improves the texture and softens the beans thereby cooking the waakye with it makes it quicker.
At times, this local spice is a substitute for salt, a food thickener or a food tenderizer.
Waakye leaves is the local name for sun-dried leaves or stalks of red sorghum or hibiscus leaves.
Kpaposhitↄ is the traditional name for petite belle pepper.
This spice is used while it’s still green. It is ground and its ready to serve with kenkey or banku or other meal.
When used in soups it improves the taste.
Turkey berry is traditionally or locally known as Kwahu Nsosuaa in Twi.
Also, the leaves of the berry and the berry itself are rich in iron and vitamin c hence it is recommended for pregnant women.
When used foods, it gives a nice taste.
African bird pepper
African bird pepper is locally known as Misewain in Twi, Akweley Waabin in Ga can also be called Malagueta pepper or Piri-piri or African Devil.
It tastes very hot and also is good for steaming chicken or fish. It is believed to improve blood pressure when taken.
Negro Pepper is traditionally known as Hwentia in Twi.
It is called Senegal pepper or Ethiopian pepper or Moor pepper.
This spice has a medicinal purpose. It has a nutmeg-like taste when used sparingly.
This spice is best used in stews soups, porridge.
African Nutmeg is traditional Wedie Abain or Awerewain in Twi or Ehuru in Igno. When used in stews, give some nice aroma and taste.
Guinea pepper is traditionally known as Efon Wisa in Twi. This spice also has a medicinal purpose.
Other local spices in Ghana include.
Salt Petre (Kanwe)
- bay leaves
- Chilli pepper
Twi names for local spices
Turmeric in twi
The Twi name for turmeric is
Bay leaves in twi
In Ghana, bay leaves is called
The Twi Oregano in twi
In the Ghanaian Twi language, oregano is called
Where to get bay leaf in Ghana
Bay leaves can be bought from any local market in Ghana
Local Names of Spices in Ghana
Spices make food tastes good and give nice aroma. There are a lot of spices in Ghana of which most are local whiles others are imported.
We at Ghana Insider usually get a lot of questions concerning the local (twi) names of our spices used in Ghana.
We therefore thought it wise to bring to our cherished readers the full list of all the local names of spices in Ghana. We are giving you the Twi name of turmeric, oregano, bay leaves and many more.
Kindly leave all your comments in the comments section below. We will attend to them as soon as possible.
Now let’s have a look at the spices in Ghana and their local Twi names. Here, you will see all Ghanaian spices and their corresponding English names.
|Negro pepper||Ahwentia or hwentia|
|Red bell pepper||Kpakposhitor|
|Cloves||Dadoa amba or Pepre|
|Black pepper||Esoro wisa|
|Basil leaves||Akoko mesa|
|Anise seeds/Fennel seed||Nkitinkiti|
|African locust beans||Dawadawa|
|Scotch bonnet pepper||Kpakposhito|
|Alligator pepper/guinea pepper||Efom wisa|