Puso Ng Saging (Banana Heart)
I love puso ng saging or literally means banana heart in English.
There are plenty of recipes making use of banana heart, like ginataang puso ng saging, kilawing puso ng saging or even in kare-kare.
Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb
This was the herb given to us by the Lady of Necodemos, the manghihilot (healing massager) when we consulted her for stomach aches which seems to have afflicted our whole family in the Philippines after going for an overnight swim at Club Manila East.
She said to make a drink of tea from this herb.
She gave the following instruction:
Chop the herb and then boil in plenty of water. Leave to simmer for at least 10 to 15 minutes with the pan uncovered.
Turn of the stove and leave this herbal tea to steep for at least 10-15 minutes.
Strain and drink half a cup every four hours.
This herb will settle your stomach and digestive system.
Remaining tea can be stored over a couple of days in a clean jar in the fridge.
Dill is widely used in making pickles as well as in soup and fish dishes.
One medicinal property of dill is it forces out excess gas from inside the body in the form of flatulence! 🙂
Dill belongs to the celery family.
Malunggay, Leafy Superfood
There have been a lot of studies and testimonials regarding the health benefit of Malunggay or its scientific name of Moringa Oleifera.
Studies have found that malunggay (Filipino/Tagalog name) has a very high nutritional value. This may be true as a young child in Marag, our diet often included marunggay (Ilocano name for the malunngay). The tree grow almost everywhere in Marag, thus providing us a microbiotic diet which complements most soupy viands in an almost vegetarian existence. I supposed as children, we did not get sick, except for malaria, brought about by mosquitoes, which is another story. 🙂
Malunggay is a superfood as well as super-herbal-medicine.
Lactating women are advised to make malunggay soup as part of their diet to produce more milk.
Apparently 1 cup of mallunggay, in terms of nutrients, is equivalent to 10 cups of broccoli.
Flat Green Beans
Verbena bonariensis is a perennial summer flowering plant.
It is a beautiful addition to boarder plants as they add elegant height of purple-violet clusters of unscented vibrant flowers. They are very attractive to bees and butterflies. 🙂
It has a long blooming period, which can be between July to November.
Desert Rose Plant
I saw this plant in the Philippines and I’ve fallen in love with the flowers. They were very eye-catching.
This plant is called Adenium Obesum or more commonly known as desert rose. It is a tropical flowering plant. It is a succulent, which requires copious amount of watering but it must not be allowed to stand on water, thus a free-draining soil is advised.
It likes hot climate or temperature, although with proper care, it can be grown anywhere. It is a beautiful house plant in colder countries. It should be placed by the window sill, where it can catch a daily dose of sunlight.
Pruning in the spring will prevent the plant from going too leggy.