Yes, you can buy herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, and dill in Lagos supermarkets. They are not as expensive as one would think, about $2-4 per packet. I was able to buy all these fresh vegetables (spring onions, lettuce, spinach) plus celery, cilantro, and basil from this vendor in Tarqua Bay for under $5, and ended up giving away a third to two other colleagues.
But it is way better to grow your own. I brought seeds two years ago and successfully grew basil and cilantro. It was fun making pesto, and using fresh herbs on Thai and Italian dishes. But I didn’t have such luck with celery and parsley, I don’t know why. Then some aphids ruined them, and I got by buying these from supermarkets. It wasn’t the same though, the basil that is available is Asian – not Italian. So I planted some again when the rainy season started a couple of weeks ago. Finally made the “first harvest” the other day of Italian large leaf basil, which, combined with the mozarella cheese that my friend brought from a recent trip to Italy made for an awesome caprese!
Today I finally found rice paper in Grand Square. Can’t wait to make some Vietnamese style spring rolls with the cilantro!