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 […]

Gardening Plants

Vegetable Gardening at Home: How To Grow Bok Choy In Containers

JULY VEGETABLE OF THE MONTH IS BOK CHOY or PECHAY Scientific Name: Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage family) How to grow Bok Choy in containers is fairly easy. But before that, a little background. The word Bok Choy comes from a Chinese term that literally translates to “blue-green vegetable.” And if you stare at the […]

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 […]

Health and Beauty Plants Vegetarianism

June Vegetable of the Month is Bitter Gourd or Ampalaya

BITTER GOURD or AMPALAYA Scientific Name: Momordica charantia Family: Cucurbitaceae (Squash Family) Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) is literally a bitter pill to swallow. But once you get used to its taste, you will even crave its unique flavor and texture. The fruits should be harvested while young and green (they’re not good once they start turning yellow). […]

Gardening Health and Beauty Plants Vegetarianism

Medicinal Herbs that are Mistaken for Weeds

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson There was a time when people went to their gardens rather than drugstores to get medicines. But did you know that 80% of people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicine, which for the most part uses medicinal plants? Cracks on […]