Why is the Coconut Tree Called Tree of Life?

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When you live long enough anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, you will realize why the coconut is called “the tree of life”. From housing materials to novelty items, to oil and food production... name it! You’ll be amazed at the versatility of the coconut. Every part of the palm tree has its own shares of uses.

Coconut milk: an effective remedy for constipation?

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A cup of coconut milk may be all that it takes to solve constipation. This home remedy acts fast to relieve your discomfort. And it’s healthy, too. At some points in our lives and for some reasons, we experience constipation. And it is, indeed, inconvenient, while you’re at it. I should know because I did …

The Health Benefits of “Kamote” or Sweet Potato


It may be considered a “poor man’s diet” but sweet potato is undoubtedly a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. See how richly you can benefit from this root crop.   In developing countries, sweet potato is considered a “poor man’s diet” because it’s one of the cheapest staples that a hard-up individual can …

Bananacue: an all-time best selling street food


It’s merienda time! Time for bananacue! An all-time best selling street food in the Philippines, bananacue is made of deep fried banana coated in caramelized brown sugar.  It is usually skewered on bamboo stick when sold, for the convenience in handling and eating. It is not cooked on the skewer. Bananacue is a favorite mid-afternoon snack for many …

Coco toyo: a soy-free sauce from coconut water

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Soy sauce is one of the most important food ingredients in Southeast Asia. But what if a soy-free sauce is made to substitute the traditional soybean-based condiment? Will its consumers welcome it? There’s this episode of an agriculture-oriented TV program in the Philippines that I can’t seem to take off my mind. It’s about a …

Why is the pineapple called a super food?

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When it comes to superfood, think of pineapple! It's loaded with tons of health benefits including an immune system booster. That's what makes the fresh pineapple fruit a super superfood! I emphasize on ‘fresh’ because the facts don’t necessarily apply to the canned pineapples.  Scientifically known as Ananas comosus, pineapples are tropical plants. They commonly …