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Finally Named: ‘Banga Stick’ is Liquorice!

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 29, 2018
For years, I’ve called it banga stick or oburunbebe, as learned from the interwebs. All attempts to find the botanical name drawing blanks. But researchers stay researching – once one, always and forever one. Some skills to being a good researcher are: Observation: when you notice the details, differentiators, differences, you can ask the right […]

The Journey to Names and Provenance – Umilo & Gbafilo

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 27, 2018
From market to web page, it seems – despite their size and appearance differences – that umilo and gbafilo might be related, after all. Proof that sameness is beyond appearance. In my search for the botanical name for umilo, I happened upon an article referring to umilo by Parinari excelsa, the botanical name which I ‘knew’ […]

Finalist: Best Culture Blog/ 2018 Saveur Blog Awards

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 1, 2018
Stoked. Surreal. Excited. And yes, I – Kitchen Butterfly, the blog, Nigerian cuisine all of it – have been nominated for the Best (Food) Culture blog in the 2018 Saveur Blog Awards!  A few days ago, I received an email. It read:   Dear Ozoz,   Congratulations on becoming a finalist in the 9th Annual SAVEUR […]