African Indigenous Leafy Vegetables are very rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The ethno-medicinal and conservation status of indigenous vegetables in Akinyele Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State, Nigeria were examined with a … UNDERUTILIZED INDIGENOUS VEGETABLE (UIV) IN NIGERIA: A RICH SOURCE OF NUTRIENT AND ANTIOXIDANTS- A REVIEW [NAIVASHA, KENYA] Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say. For many years, the vegetable crops that have enjoyed much attention are the exotic ones (these include "Rural women in Nigeria generally lack the resources to purchase high value food items (eggs, meat and milk), and instead gather indigenous vegetables, leaves and fruits from the wild to feed their families. Approximately half of the leafy vegetables consumed in most Nigeria diets are from indigenous sources and they constituent significantly micronutrients (Lockett et al., 2000; Grivetti and Ogle, 2000). Nigeria is endowed with varieties of indigenous vegetables which are not only known for their rich food nutrient content but also, as health promoting foods. However, the indigenous vegetables that contribute to rural and urban people’s diets in Nigeria, especially Ndokwa communities of Delta, have yet to be catalogued in a referenceable format. Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say.In a … Indigenous vegetables are often highly … Vitamin A, iron, iodine and zinc. Abstract. The personal characteristics of the farmers were identified, use of indigenous vegetables and fruits ascertained and contribution to poverty reduction determined. Bitterleaf – One of many leafy green Nigerian vegetables used for both culinary and medicinal applications, bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina) is, as the name suggests, bitter tasting. There have been allegations of immunity boosting of individuals with infections, particularly HIV infection, through consumption of different indigenous vegetables such as … vegetables are known to be integral parts of various region of Nigeria, an insignificant proportion of our indigenous vegetable species are cultivated, most of them remain as wild species (Dentox and Ojeifo, 1993). Sixteen indigenous vegetables were consumed by between 33% and 92.5% while 15 indigenous fruits were consumed by 32.3% to 81.5% when in season … This study examines the contribution of indigenous vegetables and fruits to poverty alleviation in south Oyo State, Nigeria. In a paper presented on underutilised vegetables project in Nigeria during the Research to Feed Africa Symposium in Naivasha, Kenya, last month (23-27 June), the researchers note that research … Fluted pumpkin – Also known a Ugu, this indigenous vine is a member of the cucurbit family. Among which is Trichosanthes cucumerina, Solanum macrocarpon, Amaranthus virides, and Crassocephalum crepidoides. Grow this Nigerian native in full sun and well-draining soil. indigenous types of vegetables for different reasons (Mensah et al., 2008). Indigenous vegetables are reported to be tolerant to harsh environmental conditions and adapted to local conditions. The purpose of this article is to review information available in scientific literature on the antioxidant, … These crops are also part of the region’s cultural heritage, hence their current consumption by many rural villagers is widespread. The aim is to catalogue the local names and production practice as a