Fun Facts About the Starchy Cassava


DID YOU KNOW? As a food ingredient, cassava root is somewhat similar to the potato to the extent that it is starchy, inedible when raw, and with a bland flavor when cooked. Indeed cassava can replace the potato in many dishes and forms - boiled, mashed, fried, baked. Cassava, unlike the potato, is a tropical …

Fun Facts About the Amazing Alugbati


DID YOU KNOW? Alugbati (Basella alba L.) is a succulent, branched, smooth, twining, herbaceous vine, reaching a length of several meters. The stems are green or purplish. The leaves are somewhat fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5-12 centimeters (cm) in length, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip and heart shape at the base. Alugbati grows well …

Fun Facts About the Magnificent Malunggay


DID YOU KNOW? Malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lamk), better known in English as Horseradish, is a small tree, 8m or less in height, with corky bark and soft white wood. The leaves are alternate, usually thrice pinnate, and 25-50 cm long. There are 3-9 leaflets on the ultimate pinnules. These leaflets are thin, ovate to elliptic …

Fun Facts About the Calcium-Rich Carabao’s Milk


DID YOU KNOW? 6 FACTS ABOUT CARABAO'S MILK: GOOD PROTEIN SOURCE. The proteins present in carabao's milk is higher than that of other milk. A 200ml glass of carabao's milk has 9g of protein! Plus, carabao's milk protein is more heat resistant. HIGH-FAT CONTENT. Carabao's milk is high in fat and is thicker than other …

Fun Facts About the Versatile to Eat Carrots


DID YOU KNOW? Carrot (Daucus Carota L.) develops an elongated cylindrical storage root underground which is edible. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A or Beta Carotene and contains considerable amounts of the B vitamins, calcium, and potassium. Carrot could be eaten raw or cooked before consumption. The crop performs best under a cool …

Fun Facts About the Low-Calorie Chayote

Plant-based food

DID YOU KNOW? The edible parts of chayote (Sechium edule) has lower fiber, protein and vitamin content than other parts. However, the calorie and carbohydrate content is high, chiefly from the young shoots, tubers, and seed, while micro and macronutrients supplied by the fruit are adequate. The fruit, particularly the seeds are rich in amino …

Fun Facts About the Perennial Eggplant

plant-based food

DID YOU KNOW? Eggplant (Solanum melongena esculentum) is a tender perennial plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It is erect, bushy with stem sometimes armed with few spikes. Its leaves are large, ovate and slightly lobed. The shape and color of fruits depend on the variety. Eggplant is extensively grown in the eastern and southern Asia …

What Makes the Mediterranean Diet Healthful?


The Mediterranean people, especially those living on the island of Crete, were noticeably lean and physically healthy, not known to have suffered from heart diseases. The Cretans’ diet used to consist mainly of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, and some fish. More than 40% of their caloric consumption is from olive oil. The …

Uses of Baking Soda in Cooking and Other Kitchen Chores


There's more to baking in baking soda Baking soda is an all-around helper.  Indeed! Not only is it good at baking, but also in other kitchen chores. Here are more ways you can bank on baking soda. [For Tips #1, 2, 3-7, click here] Tip #8 - Cleans fruits and vegetables Unless you grow your …

Turmeric and me: now a constant company


To a certain extent, I differ from Dr. Morton Tavel’s view on food supplements. For there are plants and herbs that may not have been proven scientifically but are efficacious and safe. In his book, Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks, Dr. Tavel says that “dietary supplements may not claim to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or …