Featuring fruits and vegetables grown in the Philippines

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate – Punica Granatum is gaining popularity in the culinary world.  It’s uses in garnishes and juices are almost an every day scene around the culinary world now.  But I just have a recent encounter of the fruit while I was in California. The in-laws have a tree and gave us the pomegranates as you […]

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) belongs to the  daisy family often known as marigolds.  It is also well known as Pot Marigold because during the old days calendula are utilized like herbs in a pot of stew hence the name “pot marigold”.  The name marigold is also derived from name of the Virgin Mary, (Mary’s gold). The […]

Passionfruit (Lilikoi)

Passionfruit (Lilikoi)

Passion fruit – Passiflora Edulis – is also known as “lilikoi”, maracuya, or purple granadilla. The plant grows in a vine and is native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The flower of the passion fruit is the national flower of Paraguay. Passion fruit is considered a “pepo”,  a type of berry like coffee, goji berries, […]

Banana Heart

Banana Heart

Banana – (Musaceae) is by far the most widely known fruit in the world and the most cultivated.  The varieties of banana is so wide it is divided into 10 groups from the cavendish type to cooking bananas called plantains but the Philippines also have the cooking banana variety we call “saba” or “popo’ulu” in […]

Basil

Basil

Basil- Ocimum Basilicum Basil plant is an herb and comes in different varieties.  It belongs to the family of mint (Lamiaceae). As you can see in the picture, I have tried planting most of the types of basil but my most favorite is the sweet basil which I always use in cooking especially in making […]

Rare Orchid

Rare Orchid

Orchid – Angraecum Eburneum I have been taking care of this rare orchid for quite sometime but I did not know the name until now.  I tried to keep looking for the name in the internet and finally I saw the same picture from a website and so I was glad to have a name […]