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Food Review Gardening Native Plants Vegetarianism

September Vegetable of the Month is Lubi-lubi (Ficus pseudopalma)

LUBI-LUBI or PALM LEAF FIG Scientific name: Ficus pseudopalma Family: Moraceae (Fig family) Common names: Lubi-lubi, Niog-niogan, Palm Leaf Fig, Philippine Fig The Philippines is home to thousands of endemic species, and one of them is a fig locally known as Lubi-lubi. I’ve known about this plant since I took up a plant taxonomy course […]

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Food Review Plants Vegetarianism

August Vegetable of the Month is an Edible Mushroom

PARASOL MUSHROOM or KABUTE Scientific name: Macrolepiota albuminosa (formerly Agaricus albuminosus or Termitomyces albuminosus) Family: Agaricaceae (Button Mushroom Family) Common names: Parasol mushroom, Kabute, Uong, Mamarang It has been raining non-stop for about a week, and mushrooms have been sprouting like crazy everywhere. So I thought that we’ll digress from featuring green vegetables for just […]

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Food Review Vegetarianism

What a Vegetarian Eats in Philippine Restaurants

I often make the mistake of not specifying a vegetarian meal when booking flights. There was one time when I meekly asked a flight stewardess on a plane bound for Hong Kong for a vegetarian alternative to the usual “Beef or Chicken?” options. She said they had nothing, so all I was given were I […]

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Food Review Recipes

Poor Man’s Pesto Made from Basil We Planted from Seeds

We reaped what we sowed, and our pesto cravings have been satisfied. Those who follow me on Instagram will remember this post from roughly two months ago: I’m happy to say that the basil plants are now all grown, and although they suffered from an attack of lace bugs (at least that’s what I guess […]

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Food Review Plants

Review of Banana Varieties in a Philippine Market

Banana is the most economically important fruit in the Philippines in terms of areas planted and tonnes harvested. There are dozens of banana cultivars across the country, but only a few of them reach the markets in highly urbanized areas, including Dasmariñas City in the Province of Cavite where we sometimes go to buy fruits […]