Herbs, spices

Learn the names of some spices and herbs today.

Click the image to learn the names of some common spices and herbs. All the best.




In the akan dialect, it is known as akakaduro.

Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tisane, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may be added.


The juice and fiber from ginger is often used as an ingredient in local dishes. it is also used as a seasoning for cooking  meat and preparing vegetarian dishes.

Fresh ginger can be substituted for ground ginger at a ratio of six to one, although the flavors of fresh and dried ginger are somewhat different. Powdered dry ginger root is typically used as a flavoring for recipes such as


Fresh ginger may be peeled before eating. For longer-term storage, the ginger can be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen.

When battling with cough, add a bit of sugar (optional) to peeled ginger and and chew.

Ginger can be added to pineapple and orange juice as a preservative.

published by: Sharon Asa


Star anise/nkitinkiti


Star anise is an herb.In Ghana, star anise is locally known as nkitinkiti (akan).

People take in star anise for:

It is also used to treat digestive tract problems including:

  • upset stomach/ bloating
  •  loss of appetite
  •  colic in babies.

Some women use star anise for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, and easing childbirth.

Star anise is also used for increasing sexual drive.



In foods and beverages, star anise is considered a culinary spice; both the seed and oil are used as flavoring.
In Ghana, it makes an important ingredient for stews and meat/fish seasoning.


Published by Sharon Asa