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Are you on the hunt for the most comprehensive list of essential foodstuff and ingredients in Nigeria?

To truly savor the rich and diverse flavors of Nigerian cuisine, it’s crucial to be familiar with the vast array of ingredients that form its foundation. But with such a vast culinary landscape, where do you start?

In this ultimate guide, we’re unveiling the 500+ essential foodstuff and ingredients you should shop for in Nigeria for 2023, and what they signify in the grand tapestry of Nigerian gastronomy.

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500+ Essential Foodstuff & Ingredients in Nigeria – Ultimate List (Updated for 2023)

Ultimate List of Nigerian Foodstuff & Ingredients 2023

To make your journey smoother, we’ve categorized these ingredients into distinct sections. This way, you can effortlessly locate the specifics you’re most intrigued by. Simply scroll down below to navigate to a particular segment.


Nigerian Soup Ingredients:

  • Bitterleaf
  • Afang leaves
  • Achi seeds
  • Oha leaves
  • Uziza seeds
  • Uda seeds

Proteins:

  • Lamb
  • Shrimps
  • Lobster
  • Crabs
  • Mussels
  • Pigeon

Cooking Oils:

Nigerian Swallows:

  • Oat fufu
  • Starch (Usi)
  • Eko (Agidi)

Vegetables:

  • Spinach
  • Green (Fluted pumpkin leaves)
  • Green Amaranth (Alefo)
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans

Other Food Items:

  • Semovita
  • Ofada rice
  • Brown rice
  • Basmati rice
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas

Nigerian Snacks/Nuts:

  • Buns
  • Puff-puff
  • Akara
  • Moi Moi
  • Gala with La casera
  • Groundnut soup

Nigerian Spices:

Nigerian Fruits:

  • Guava
  • Papaya
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Grapes
  • Apples

Dairy and Beverages:

  • Fresh milk
  • Flavored yogurt
  • Malt drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Zobo drink
  • Kunu

Canned Food/Packaged foods:

  • Corned beef
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel in tomato sauce
  • Green beans
  • Mushroom
  • Mixed vegetables

Foodstuff Dressing Condiment:

  • Mustard
  • Salad cream
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce

Grains and Cereals:

  • Oats
  • Cornflakes
  • Golden morn
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Rye

Bakery and Bread:

  • Agege bread
  • Sliced bread
  • Croissants
  • Baguette
  • Rolls
  • Pastries

Seafood:

  • Tilapia
  • Catfish
  • Salmon
  • Cod
  • Oysters
  • Clams

Baking & Cooking Supplies:

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Yeast
  • Flour
  • Cocoa
  • Chocolate chips

Condiments & Salad Dressings:

  • Ranch dressing
  • Caesar dressing
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Capers

Snacks:

  • Popcorn
  • Biscuits
  • Wafers
  • Chocolate bars
  • Candy
  • Gum

Drinks:

Frozen Foods:

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruits
  • Ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Frozen pies
  • Frozen meat

Personal Care:

  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary products

Legumes & Pulses:

  • Black-eyed peas
  • Kidney beans
  • Mung beans
  • Green lentils
  • Red lentils
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

Herbs:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Cilantro (Coriander leaves)

Roots & Tubers:

  • Cocoyam
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Radish
  • Beetroot
  • Turnip

Nuts & Seeds:

  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds

Dried Fruits:

  • Raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried figs
  • Dried dates
  • Prunes

Dairy & Alternatives:

  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Lactose-free milk
  • Cheese (feta, mozzarella, cheddar)
  • Whipping cream
  • Sour cream

Meat & Poultry:

  • Duck
  • Quail
  • Venison
  • Rabbit
  • Corned beef
  • Sausages

Fish & Seafood:

  • Red snapper
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Anchovies
  • Lobster
  • Crab

Baking Ingredients:

  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Cream of tartar
  • Icing sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Gelatin

Beverages:

Snacks & Sweets:

  • Samosas
  • Spring rolls
  • Donuts
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pastries

Canned & Jarred Goods:

  • Pickled vegetables
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Canned pineapples
  • Canned peaches

Grains & Cereals:

  • Bulgur wheat
  • Sorghum
  • Bran
  • Granola
  • Muesli
  • Rice Krispies

Cooking & Baking Supplies:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking paper
  • Cooking spray
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • Cake decorations

Condiments & Spreads:

  • Nutella
  • Marmalade
  • Tahini
  • Horseradish
  • Apple butter
  • Maple syrup

Frozen Foods:

  • Frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen corn
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Frozen chicken nuggets
  • Frozen pizza

Miscellaneous:

  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Seaweed
  • Miso paste
  • Rice noodles
  • Vermicelli

1. Grains and Cereals:

  1. Rice (local & parboiled)
  2. Fonio (Acha)
  3. Teff
  4. Maize (corn)
  5. Millet
  6. Sorghum
  7. Semolina
  8. Wheat
  9. Ground maize (for Pap/Ogi/Akamu)
  10. Ofada rice
  11. Bulgur wheat
  12. Quinoa
  13. Rye
  14. Buckwheat
  15. Sorghum flour
  16. Barley

2. Tubers and Flours:

  1. Yam (tubers & flour)
  2. Plantains
  3. Cassava
  4. Cassava flour (Akpu)
  5. Cocoyam
  6. Cocoyam flour (Ede)
  7. Pounded yam flour (instant)
  8. Tapioca
  9. Sweet potatoes

3. Vegetables:

  1. Ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves)
  2. Bitterleaf
  3. Scent leaf (Efinrin)
  4. Afang leaf
  5. Okra
  6. Uziza leaves
  7. Ukazi leaves
  8. Wild spinach (Amaranthus/Green)
  9. Water leaves
  10. Mint leaves
  11. Jute leaves (Ewedu)
  12. Garden cress
  13. Oha leaves
  14. Lemon grass
  15. Moringa leaves
  16. Black mushrooms
  17. Edible flowers (like hibiscus, rose petals, violets, etc.)
  18. Tomatoes
  19. Onions
  20. Fresh pepper (scotch bonnet, bell peppers, etc.)
  21. Tatashe (large red peppers)
  22. Green beans
  23. Carrots
  24. Potatoes
  25. Cabbage
  26. Lettuce
  27. Spinach
  28. Green peas
  29. Broccoli
  30. Cauliflower
  31. Beets
  32. Cucumber
  33. Garden eggs

4. Fruits and Nuts:

  1. Coconut
  2. Groundnut (peanuts)
  3. Cashew nuts
  4. Fresh fruits (oranges, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, etc.)
  5. Avocado
  6. Tiger nuts (Ofio/Aki Hausa)
  7. Canarium (Ube)
  8. African walnut (Asala/Okwe)
  9. African star apple (Agbalumo/Udara)
  10. Guava
  11. Soursop
  12. Passion fruit
  13. Jackfruit
  14. Pawpaw (Papaya)
  15. Zobo leaves (Hibiscus petals)
  16. Cherry (Agbalumo)
  17. Citrus fruits (like grapefruits, tangerines, etc.)
  18. Guava paste
  19. Figs
  20. Apricots
  21. Plums
  22. Peaches
  23. Blueberries
  24. Raspberries
  25. Blackberries
  26. Strawberries
  27. Kiwi
  28. Pomegranate
  29. Lychee
  30. Goji berries
  31. Elderberries
  32. Acai berries
  33. Mulberries
  34. Shea nuts
  35. Almonds
  36. Walnuts
  37. Pecans
  38. Sesame seeds (Benniseed)

5. Legumes and Pulses:

  1. Black-eyed beans (cowpeas)
  2. Green lentils
  3. Red lentils
  4. Pigeon peas
  5. Bambara groundnut (Okpa)
  6. Adzuki beans
  7. Chickpeas
  8. Cannellini beans
  9. Navy beans
  10. Lima beans
  11. Mung beans
  12. Kidney beans

6. Spices and Seasonings:

  1. Red chili powder
  2. Ground turmeric
  3. Ground ginger
  4. Garlic powder
  5. Curry powder
  6. Thyme
  7. White pepper
  8. Ground pepper soup spices
  9. Calabash nutmeg (Ehuru/Osuo)
  10. Sesame seeds (Benniseed)
  11. Allspice
  12. Star anise
  13. Camphor
  14. Cinnamon sticks
  15. Cinnamon powder
  16. Cardamom pods
  17. Saffron strands
  18. Clove oil
  19. Basil seeds
  20. Fenugreek seeds
  21. Fennel seeds
  22. Anise seeds
  23. Asafoetida
  24. Curry leaves
  25. Kaffir lime leaves
  26. Galangal

7. Oils and Fats:

  1. Palm oil
  2. Groundnut oil
  3. Vegetable oil
  4. Olive oil
  5. Shea butter (for cooking)
  6. Margarine
  7. Butter

8. Proteins (Animal-based):

  1. Fish (Mackerel, Tilapia, Catfish, etc.)
  2. Chicken (broilers, old layers)
  3. Turkey
  4. Beef
  5. Goat meat
  6. Shaki (tripe)
  7. Ponmo (cow skin)
  8. Eggs
  9. Snails
  10. Duck
  11. Quail
  12. Lamb
  13. Prawns
  14. Lobster
  15. Oyster
  16. Crab
  17. Cuttlefish
  18. Octopus
  19. Anchovies

9. Dairy:

  1. Milk (fresh, evaporated, powdered)
  2. Cheese (local and imported)
  3. Yogurt varieties (Greek, natural, flavored, etc.)
  4. Buttermilk
  5. Whipping cream

10. Drinks and Beverages:

  1. Soft drinks
  2. Malt drinks
  3. Coffee beans
  4. Tea leaves (various types)
  5. Green tea
  6. Roselle (another form of Hibiscus/Zobo)
  7. Liquid smoke
  8. Cider vinegar
  9. Molasses
  10. Sorrel
  11. Orange blossom water
  12. Rose water
  13. Wine (red, white, rose)
  14. Beer (local varieties)
  15. Palm wine
  16. Schnapps
  17. Ginseng
  18. Chai
  19. Brandy
  20. Rum
  21. Whiskey
  22. Gin
  23. Tequila
  24. Vodka
  25. Champagne
  26. Cava
  27. Prosecco

11. Fermented Foods and Others:

  1. Ogi (fermented maize pudding)
  2. Garri
  3. Fufu
  4. Dashi
  5. Miso paste
  6. Tofu
  7. Tempeh
  8. Breadfruit (Ukwa)
  9. Bread varieties (white, wheat, multigrain, etc.)
  10. Noodles (Instant, pasta types)
  11. Dijon mustard
  12. Apple cider
  13. Sauerkraut
  14. Kimchi
  15. Puff pastry
  16. Filo dough
  17. Chocolate varieties (dark, milk, white, ruby, etc.)

12. Meat Products and Preserves:

  1. Corned beef
  2. Sausages
  3. Chorizo
  4. Salami
  5. Ham
  6. Prosciutto
  7. Pancetta
  8. Balsamic vinegar
  9. Olive varieties (green, black, Kalamata, etc.)
  10. Pickles (cucumber, beet, etc.)
  11. Capers

13. Condiments and Sauces:

  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Tomato ketchup
  3. Hot sauce
  4. Soy sauce
  5. Oyster sauce
  6. Pesto
  7. Tzatziki
  8. BBQ sauce
  9. Worcestershire sauce
  10. Salsa
  11. Tahini
  12. Fish sauce
  13. Sriracha
  14. Chutneys (mango, tamarind, etc.)
  15. Marinara sauce
  16. Alfredo sauce
  17. Teriyaki sauce
  18. Caesar dressing
  19. Mustard (varieties)
  20. Relish

14. Baking and Sweets:

  1. Flour (all-purpose, cake, bread, etc.)
  2. Baking powder
  3. Baking soda
  4. Cocoa powder
  5. Vanilla extract
  6. Chocolate chips
  7. Icing sugar
  8. Caramel
  9. Maple syrup
  10. Honey
  11. Marshmallows
  12. Fondant
  13. Sprinkles
  14. Brown sugar
  15. Gelatin
  16. Yeast
  17. Whipped cream
  18. Nuts (for baking – walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.)
  19. Dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, etc.)
  20. Cake mixtures
  21. Food coloring

15. Snacks and Processed Foods:

  1. Potato chips
  2. Plantain chips
  3. Popcorn
  4. Biscuits and cookies
  5. Cakes
  6. Pastries (pies, sausage rolls, etc.)
  7. Chocolates
  8. Candies
  9. Gums
  10. Jellies
  11. Puddings
  12. Cereals (cornflakes, oats, etc.)
  13. Energy bars
  14. Granola bars
  15. Trail mix
  16. Roasted nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.)

16. Local Nigerian Delicacies and Ingredients:

  1. Agidi (Eko)
  2. Akara (bean cakes)
  3. Abacha
  4. Ukodo (yam pepper soup spices)
  5. Isi ewu spices
  6. Bitter kola
  7. Kola nut
  8. Achi
  9. Ogbono seeds
  10. Egusi seeds
  11. Crayfish
  12. Periwinkle
  13. Dried fish (stockfish, dried catfish, etc.)
  14. Iru (locust beans)
  15. Ogiri
  16. Uda seeds (Negro pepper)
  17. Kanafuru (cloves)
  18. Ehuru (Calabash nutmeg)
  19. Dry pepper blend
  20. Dawadawa (Fermented locust beans)
  21. Roselle leaves
  22. Acha (Hungry rice)
  23. Dawa (guinea corn flour)
  24. Tsamiya (tamarind)
  25. Dried shrimp
  26. Achi powder
  27. Ogbono powder
  28. Egusi powder
  29. Akpi seeds

17. Seafood:

  1. Mussels
  2. Clams
  3. Scallops
  4. Squid
  5. Mackerel
  6. Sole fish
  7. Sardines
  8. Tuna
  9. Swordfish
  10. Cod
  11. Salmon
  12. Shrimps
  13. King prawns
  14. Crayfish
  15. Snow crabs
  16. King crab
  17. Blue crab
  18. Lobster tails
  19. Sea urchins
  20. Caviar

18. Additional Oils and Fats:

  1. Corn oil
  2. Avocado oil
  3. Flaxseed oil
  4. Safflower oil
  5. Hemp seed oil
  6. Canola oil
  7. Duck fat
  8. Ghee
  9. Lard
  10. Shortening

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I buy authentic Nigerian ingredients?
    • While many local markets in Nigeria offer fresh ingredients, numerous online stores and African shops worldwide stock Nigerian food items.
  2. Are there vegetarian dishes in Nigerian cuisine?
  3. How should I store these ingredients for long durations?
    • Different ingredients have varied storage methods. For instance, grains and cereals are best stored in cool, dry places, while some vegetables might require refrigeration.

For those who want to explore the depth and breadth of Nigerian cuisine, this Wikipedia article provides a comprehensive overview. Dive in and discover the history, ingredients, and cooking methods that make Nigerian food truly unique.

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