Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kamunggay!


The picture above is of what we call in the Philippines Kamunggay or Malunggay! I don't know what the English term for it, but it is big part of our culinary there in the Philippines especially the poor family like us. This plant is very abundant there, we use it over there to make soups, we also use it for medicinal purposes and this is one of the things that I miss so much of my native land.

Anyhow, I have some Malunggay seeds that I got straight from the Philippines about 4 years ago and I just now thought of trying to plant some of it. I started out 6 seeds a week ago and all of them sprouted! After 4 long years, they are still good because my hubby put them in the freezer! I am so glad that they are doing so well, I can't wait for these plants to grow big so I can start making some utan bisaya (don't know how to say it in English).

I planted them in a container, the reason I did that is because I know this plant would not survive during winter times and I can easily take them inside the house when that time comes and then I will have them all year round! I'm keeping 3 plants for myself and planning on giving 3 to my friend, I'm sure she'll be thrilled to have a Malunggay plants of her own!

I also started some water spinach at the same time I started the Malunggay but they haven't sprouted yet. I hope they will soon! And yesterday I planted a sweet potato tops that I bought at the store the other day. I can't wait for them to grow! Those are 3 of my favorite leafy vegetables when I was still in the Philippines! It would be nice to have some of them every once in a while if they'll just give me enough leaves to harvest! I really hope they will! I could taste them already!

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