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Herbs in the Twi Language

 Herbs in the Twi Language

Anisi herb or nkitinkiti in Twi

Herbs generally refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while spices are usually dried and produced from other parts of the plant, including seeds, bark, roots and fruits. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases, spiritual.

Below are some herbs and their corresponding Twi names.

  1. African tuliptree – Kokonisuo
  2. Gold coast bombax – Akonkodeɛ
  3. Poison devils pepper – Kakapenpen
  4. Paullinia pinnata – Tuantini
  5. Alstonia boonei – Nyamedua
  6. Siam weed – Acheampong
  7. Morind lucida – Konkroma/ngo ne nkyene
  8. Poaceae – Abirekyire abodwesɛ
  9. Deinbollia grandifolia – Asikoto
    10.Pycnanthus angolensis – Oteɛ
    11.Pisonia aculeata – Akobowerɛ
    12.Scent leaf – Nunum
    13.Justicia flava – Afema
    14.Jute mallow – Ayoyo
    15.Balm – Emee
    16.Punarnava – Aposumpo
    17.Basil – Akoko mɛsa
    18.Indian-almond – Abrofo nkateɛ
    19.Wireweed – Obrane atu ata
    20.Bramble – Ananse dokono
    21.Nettle – Honhon/Bonhon
    22.Cloves – pɛprɛ
    23.Mistletoe – Nkranpan
    24.Anise – Nkitinkiti
    25.Purslane or hyssop – Adwera
    26.Wormweed – Ahahanhene
    27.Griffonia – Kagya
    28.Stinking weed – Nkodaankodaa brodeɛ
    29.Anthocleista nobilis – Owudifuoketɛ
    30.Phyllanthaceae – Bowommaguwakyi
    31.Abelmosk -Okra/ nkruma
    32.Yellow Oleander – nnye me nnyere me (do not take me and bind me ).

By: Augustine Kofi Tieku, Royal Society of Asante Culture and History (ROSACH)

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