In Nigeria, fruits and vegetables like oranges, carrots, mangoes, tangerines, etc., are commonplace. Many people, including Nigerians, don’t know that besides these staples, the country grows other uncommon fruits and vegetables that are often thought to be imported. Now that you know we have certain uncommon fruits and vegetables in Nigeria, here are some of them

1. Broccoli

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One can actually argue that Broccoli is grown exclusively in Plateau state and not in any other Nigerian state. The fruit market in Jos is all the more richer and diverse because of this and other exotic vegetables and fruits.

2. Cauliflower

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Cauliflower is rich in vitamins and minerals, also very essential in detoxification, proper digestion, and helps fight cancer, inflammation and other heart conditions.

3. Beetroots.

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Beetroot was first cultivated by the Romans. Today, the leading commercial producers include the USA, Russia, France, Poland and Germany. It can be roasted, blended into a soup, boiled, or consumed raw in salads. Studies claim that beetroot juice improves athletic performance, reduce blood pressure, and increase blood flow.

4. Strawberries

Strawberry is grown in large quantities in Jos and other areas of Plateau state. For anyone who has ever travelled from Abuja to Jos, the women hawking strawberry and other uncommon fruits and vegetables around Riyom local government area are not hard to miss.

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5. Pomegranates.

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 Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, fibre, and vitamin B6.

6. Raspberries.

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Raspberries are highly rich in antioxidants, potassium, fiber, and other nutrients that are essential to the body system.

7. Apples.

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This is a picture of apples grown in Nigeria.

8. Blueberries.

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Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients. Also used in fruit juices.

9. Tomatoes.

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Of course, tomatoes are grown in many states across Nigeria. But the tomatoes in some states stand out for their excellent quality and flavour. That’s why the praise name “Tomato Jos” for example, is a thing.

10. Celery.

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This contains important antioxidants; it reduces inflammation, supports digestion, and is rich in vitamins and minerals.

11. Eggplants.

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Eggplants are a source of vitamins and minerals. It helps in digestion, reduces the amount of cholesterol that the body absorbs and thus improves heart conditions. It also helps bones become stronger and increase bone density.

12. Radish

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Radishes can be red, white, or purple. It has been said to aid digestion, fight fungus, prevent diabetes and improve skin condition.

Here’s a picture of the British commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, shopping for fruits at the farmers market in Plateau.


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