Alugbati Plants

Actually I am not familiar and I don’t know what is the alugbati. And I never had been taste it since I was a child. A neighbor house has alugbati plants, they’re fence is full of alugbati. One day I saw my neighbor he just harvest the alugbati and she tried to ask me to cook but I told her that I am not familiar and I don’t know how to cook. And then neighbor teaches me to cook ginisang alugbati with mongo beans, and now I know that it is easy to cook then I also get the alugbati. From now on alugbati is my favorite because it is easy to cook and based on my research it is a kind of medicinal plant.

Well, the plant is rich in saponin, iron and Vitamins A (510 IU per cup of alugbati), B and C and is a rich source of soluble fiber, which helps digestion. Saponins act as phytochemicals, which can fight off cancer. The red variety of alugbati is a good source of xanthones, an antioxidant. A cup of alugbati has only 10 calories and less than 0.5 g of fat. It also has 55 mg of calcium, 113 mg of potassium and 50 mcg of folic acid. Folic acid, which is also called folate, is one of the B vitamins that are critical for childbearing women. It helps them prevent birth defects on the neural tube, e.g., spina bifida.

Here is the photo of alugbati plants.
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The house of my neighbor that full of alugbati plants in their fence.
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Sorry I can’t take the photo of my menu, ginisang alugbati with monggo. I just try to cook tomorrow and I also post here my simple menu.


11 thoughts on “Alugbati Plants”

  1. Oh I love my alugbati ang it is good with the monggo for sure. I used to plant some when we were in Kansas, but wasn’t able to save the seeds and it died. I would love to have some seeds for next year. They are good. 🙂

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