As you may well know, I get really excited about discovering natural local products.

Last Christmas, my sister gifted me with some oil that she had bought in Jos, Plateau state. It is called Atili oil and is regarded as the local Olive Oil. It is a greenish oil and as thick as castor oil.


It is derived from this fruit here which looks and tastes similar to pear called Ube (the local pear).  

The major difference I think is that where the Ube’s seed is smooth, the Atili’s seed is fluted.  The fruit is boiled or otherwise softened with hot water and then the pulp is eaten.  It is from this pulp that Atili oil is derived.

Unfortunately the greenish color isn’t properly captured here

There is limited research done on it (which is frustrating) but here is what I was able to garner.

It is used

  •     in frying food and has been found to be more nutritious and flavorful than ordinary cooking Oil
  •     as an ointment for healing wounds

It contains pigments, moisture, trace elements [metal], pro-vitamins, vitamins, naturally occurring antioxidants and enzymes which would make it a valuable addition to facial and skin creams. The antioxidants in the oil make it an ideal addition in anti-aging facial creams. It also makes a good protector from the elements and pollution because it is a free radical scavenger.

It would also make a good addition to oil based hair care products.

Atili Oil is a stable oil and thus has a long shelf life. 


African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 6 (20), pp. 2319-2323, 18 October 2007. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Canarium schweinfurthii Engl. Essential oil from Central African Republic. 

Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 7 (1): 27-30, 2008. Quality Characteristics of Crude and Refined Atili Oils. 



Oooooooooooooooooooooooo I remember eating those mini pears. Very tasty if you’re not into too much sweets. Nice to know they are multi functional.


Well done NN! Great article. I heard about this oil last year too and found little research especially concerning hair. Contacted IITA and asked but did not hear back. We have so much resources that we can use here in Naija and sadly it seems like such a major chore to get things going. We are only “dusting” not even scratching the surface. Again, great work!


You simply amaze me NN. This is truly a good discovery, I wont be surprise if our ” ube” can also be used the way we use avocado. I mean extracting the oil after boiling it 🙂


we are blessed in Nigeria..
we have so much natural resources we don’t even know it

how are you dear NN?

Natural Nigerian

Yes it is my own picture. It is the oil that my sister bought me. The local women press it out of the pulp of the Atili after it has been softened by boiling it or dunking in hot water.

Sophia M

I am surprised you guys are just discovering this oil- it is very good but for some reason, expensive as well- I always buy it in bulk and use it whenever I am in Jos. For the skin and hair, I use shea butter though

Nigerian Movies

Very good and interesting article the Local Nigerian Oil. The oil has been around for some time now, it is locally made and cheap to extract, This is an article worth spreading to the people of Nigeria.


pls telll grand cereals about it since rhey are in jos they can help process it and sell to a wider market so that we can easily assess it


Awww! Wot a Luvly Blog! I’m an atili junkie #proudly! It tastes great and atili oil is even more awsome. Its scent is heavenly and that flavour. It really is magical wot it does too food, especially if your big on spicy stuff.


its can be purchased in jos , plateau state ,they are very nutritious and my friend’s mother sell them packaged

esther sambo

I totally love canarium oil is grown in plateau state and is the best cooking oil


This is interesting, as I was thinking about pear (the local ube) oil, this came up. We call it ube okpoko, I am addicted to it.
Thanks Natural Nigerian for this blog post, as I work my natural journey and working on my natural products, your blog has really been of great insights, you have been one of my few virtual mentors and I really appreciate.
I will be connecting much more when ready to launch.

Mary Iniovosa

Came across this 4 d 1st time, highly impressed. Pls whats d best natural face oil 4 stubborn multiple acne. Tried everything.


Hi NN I just stumbled on this page while doing a little research on Nigerian Indigenous spices and herbs
Please can some help me out with a comprehensive list of Nigerian spice. their local names and their English names

Mike Odilison

Boy thats grreat .ate a lot of it as a child while growing in Jos The tree is still in gthe wild doubt t if it is grown in plantations zThis may be part of our disappearing heritage How I wish oh how WISH governmnt can do somthing about little known resourses for generations to come We are available if funded Thanx once again

Rosemary Otunba

Nigeria is blessed. I believe we have much more but need the help of the government and private sectors for research and awareness. As a Nutritionist, I am very interested in knowing more.

gloria akhayere

Believe me, jos is really blessed wth so many natural resources. Sometimes, i get really amazed @ wat i see @ a popular mkt ( farin gada mkt) . We are really blessed in naija, sometimes we can’t tell about a particular plant cos it has a local name.


Hi every1, I love this post too. Yeah it’s a great great oil. But to get the pulp soft u don’t put it in boiled water rather in jst warm water. If u put it in hot water,thats how it will stay as hard as ever. So only warm water does the magic. I can’t get over the d smell, so sweet. I take it for Ulcer. Thanks


The ATILI fruit from Pankshin and Ganawuri of Plateau State has a botanical name called Canarium schweinfurthii.

Check this website for more detail.


Great research. i watched the documentary in NTA sometimes ago. love this natural oil and i wish to taste it. please can i get it in Lagos.

Mrs Nnadi

Thanks for the information. I would love to bake with the oil. Has anyone tried baking with it.? I would really love to know.

Lynda Oji

Funny how I found this fruit in Port Harcourt and remember how my dad used to buy it for us when we were young. I tried to get the nutritional facts and couldn’t find the name. Then stumbled on this blog. Wow. Thanks. I know this post has been long but it is still making a difference. Thank you again


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