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Vegetables in Philippine Cuisine… The Tagalog word for “vegetable” is gulay.

  • Ampalaya Leaves
    Dahon ng Ampalaya
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Photo by Angie Pastor of Dahon ng Ampalaya (Bitter-Gourd Leaves).

    Can be used in chicken tinola or sauteed with other ingredients, such as with mung beans.

  • Pako (Fern)
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Pako (Fern). Photo by An Analie.

    Green and nutritious, pako is great for salads!

  • Upo (Bottle Gourd)
    Posted in: Vegetables

    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.

  • Takway vegetable of Capiz
    Posted in: Vegetables

    “Poor man’s asparagus” is what people of Capiz call the takway vegetable.

  • Papait leaves (Sarsalida)
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Papait leaves (Sarsalida)… Photo by voxmarc. Scientific name: Mollugo subserrata Blanco This papait is from the Ilocos region. There are other similar plants with different scientific names in neighboring provinces that have been called papait.

  • kangkong
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Scientific name: Ipomoea aquatica

    Kangkong is a popular vegetable in the Philippines. It’s been called “water spinach” or “swamp cabbage” in English because it grows in water.

  • sauteed beans
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Ginisang Sitaw (sautéed beans) by Mildred Cruz.

    These are the yardlong beans.

  • Ginisang Chicharo
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Ginisang Chicharó (Sautéed Peapods) by Mildred Cruz.

    Chicharó are snowpea pods. They are very nutritious and crunchy when cooked right. The pea plant’s scientific name is Pisum sativum.

  • Ginisang Sayote
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Featured photo is Ginisang Sayote by Mommy Shelette.

    Sayote is what Spanish speakers call chayote. In English, it’s been called mirliton and vegetable pear.

  • Malunggay leaves. Photo by Angie Pastor.
    Posted in: Vegetables

    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.

  • Sigarilyas
    Posted in: Vegetables

    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.

  • Shredded Labong (Bamboo Shoots)
    Posted in: Recipes, Vegetables

    Shredded Labong (Bamboo Shoots). Photo by Angie Pastor.

    Labong is the Tagalog word for “bamboo shoots.”

  • Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw
    Ginataang Gulay
    Posted in: Vegetables

    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.