Friday, 17 April 2015
World war forgoten Luhya traditional vegetable Linyoronyoro introduced in Nairobi at Railwayline Vegetable Garden
With the major objective of promoting Urban Farming and eating of traditional vegetables
Raiwalway line Vegetable Garden in Nairobi had introduced ignored Luhya traditional
The vegetable believed to be of the family of Spinach, Murenda and Nderema was used
as vegetable among the Maragoli who are sub tribe of of Luhya traced from Egypt during
second World war war draught.
The vegetable is just like any other vegetable commonly grown in fertile land and
never dry up during drought.
According to research conducted by Railwayline Garden in Western Kenya during the just
ended dry season Linyoronyoro was popularized during second World war and was mixed
with kunde and Kitenzo and ndelema and is good when cooked dry.
A member of friends church told us that it was cooked using liquaid oil which was given
free packed in Debe and it is source of medicinal eg TB and Coughing among the kinds.
Kitenzo and Ndrema when mixed with Linyoronyoro can cure coughing among kinds
and those suffering from TN and was used like morden Liver Oil.
It from this great Linyonyoro and Kitenzo the famous Lunya songs which goes
Mama be tsimbindi tes kimiza, Kilavula Kitenzo ngani Inzara yakita nu guli kanyama usyazenga
na ugonga. The song is to wele come the rain season after drought and was common during last
According to the late Prof A Kimoli of Nairobi University buying meat those days
was difficult and yet it only cost Ksh 3 and Linyo roro Ndrema and Kitenzo were the
lonely source of vegetables.
Vihiga Culture Society now blames Maragoli Scholar for there failer to domesticate Linyoronyoro
according to one of its member they will talk about the dying vegetable during this years
Vihiga Culture festival later in the year and how to domesticate it
Railwayline Vegetable Garden had introduced it and will soon domesticate it
by planting them in the common garden in the suck.
It is true that the plant is vegetable because at Railwayline Garden there are two variety like
any other vegetable, more about the plat join me on twiter and other social media to promote
eating of traditional vegetables and Urban Farming.