Nigerian Mango, Avocado and Scent leaf Salsa


If there are any people Nigerians share a lot of similarities with, it’s the Spanish people. Well that’s my opinion sha. There are so many Nigerian and Spanish fusions I have tried and by far my moin moin and meaty salsa along with this recipe are my favorites.

There are different types of avocado or what we Nigerians call pear. There is the Ube Ndi Igbo. Its quite small  just as your thumb and the ones we call English pear has different varieties that may take up this post if I decide to break them down. The other day, Dami was saying that she tried the really big avocados and she really liked it. I like the big ones too. I think they are quite meaty(due to size) and more buttery. I like the Nigerian version called Ube Ndi Igbo. I remember having it with roasted corn on the cob. Kai ! So delicious. Those were the years we used to eat and walk on the street and my mother would get so annoyed because she always told us it was a bad habit to eat and walk on the street at the same time. Some Nigerians sha, we can do morality for the world! Although, some things we were taught did help to mold my character to a certain point. Anyway, back to the Ube. If you ever visit and live in Nigeria and have not tried it; then you are surely missing something. The softness of the pear, so buttery, slightly sweet, slightly tangy and so damn delicious!


Images of the Nigerian pear. Photo credit, google.

Oh if you’re confused, I’m sorry….pear to Nigerians is avocado to others and pear to others is a whole other fruit. I cannot even begin to explain the differences before I confuse somebody today hehe 🙂

The difference about this recipe from the others is the use of scent leaves(basil) and Cameroon pepper. In my opinion, the Cameroon pepper along with the sweet lime gives the salsa a beautiful zing! I had made some tostadas and the kids did not particularly like it because I used unripe plantains, but after I paired it with the tostadas, they ate it all; especially ajebutter2. In fact this salsa was so good that I started eating it with my spoon like a salad! Eureka!

The warmer season approaches and I tell ya, if you don’t try this salsa you’ll be missing something 🙂

Nigerian Mango, Avocado and Scent leaf Salsa
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Serves: 6
  • 1 small sweet mango(it has to be ripe)
  • 1 avocado(English pear for Nigerians)
  • 1 large tomato(deseeded and diced)
  • 1 small purple onion(diced)
  • I small garlic(crushed into a paste.Though optional)
  • a hand full of basil or scent leaves
  • 1 small sweet lime(yellow lime or a small lemon works)
  • ⅛tsp Cameroon pepper or chili flakes or regular dry pepper
  • ¼tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. peel the mango and cut the meaty part into small chunks
  2. Peel the avocado and cut into small chunks
  3. mix with the tomato, onion, garlic and basil. Squeeze in the lime juice, season with the peppers and salt; then cool for about 30minutes to an hour. Serve as a dip for plantain chips or even yam


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