Saluyot is a leafy vegetable from the plant whose scientific genus name is Corchorus. It is part of the jute family of plants and has been called Nalta jute in English.

A popular vegetable particularly in the Ilocos region in the northern part of the island of Luzon, saluyot was even named by the former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, an Ilocano native, as one of his favorite vegetables.

dahon ng saluyot
jute leaves

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Okra is the same word in Tagalog and English.

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This word has at least two meanings, differentiated by accented syllable.

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Also known as kalamismis in Tagalog.

winged bean

Sigarilyas o Kalamismis
Sigarilyas o Kalamismis

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What is Malunggay in English?

A widely grown plant in the Philippines, malunggay is a plant with the scientific name Moringa oleifera. It is simply called “moringa” by English speakers.

Moringa is a tree known as sajina in South Asian countries like India. In English, it is sometimes referred to as horseradish tree or horseradish plant, although it’s a different species from the horseradish that Westerners know. The tree grows fast and survives well in drought conditions.

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Picture of Talong
Talóng is one of the vegetables featured in the Filipino song Bahay Kubo. The classic Philippine eggplant is long, slender and purple in color. Its scientific name is Solanum melongena.

eggplant, aubergine

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Tis word is from the Spanish repollo.


repolyong puti
white cabbage

puting repolyo
white cabbage

repolyong nilaga
boiled cabbage

nilagang repolyo
boiled cabbage

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RECIPE: Pinakbet (Pakbet)

Pinakbet (also called pakbet) is a popular vegetable dish in the Philippines. Pork is often added for flavor, but it is omitted during Catholic meatless days such as on Holy Week.

Pinakbet Ingredients
Pinakbet / Pakbet: Nutritious Filipino Dish

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