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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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Recipes Vegetarianism

Seven Day Filipino Vegetarian Meals (What I Ate at Home for a Week)

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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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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). […]