Vegetables in Philippine Cuisine… The Tagalog word for “vegetable” is gulay.
Known in English as taro.
Pakbet with Saluyot Leaves by Mommy Shelette. Pinakbet or Pakbet is a
Munggo with Special Bagoong by Rjay Carasco
“Poor man’s asparagus” is what people of Capiz call the takway vegetable.
Upo is called a bottle gourd in English because of its elongated shape. The plant has the scientific name Lagenaria siceraria. Its fruit is a very popular vegetable in the Philippines.
Pako (Fern). Photo by An Analie.
Green and nutritious, pako is great for salads!
Photo of Sigarilyas by Angie Pastor.
Sigarilyas (winged bean) is one of the vegetables mentioned in the popular Filipino folk song Bahay Kubo. It is also known as kalamismis in Tagalog and as parlang or pallang in northern Luzon.
Laswa is a very nutritious Ilonggo dish that’s primarily boiled vegetables with
Photo by Angie Pastor.
Malunggay (Moringa) is known as sajina in South Asian countries like India. In English, it is sometimes called referred to as horseradish though it’s a different species from the horseradish that Westerners know.
Photo by Mayette Garcia of Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw.
Ginataan refers to being cooked with coconut milk.
Kalabasa at Sitaw is the Tagalog for Squash and Beans.