Filipino Phood

HOW AN ITALIAN FEELS ABOUT FILIPINO FOOD

Originally posted on Tropicalissimo:

Like many Italians, I have an issue with food. It is not just about liking food, but it is part of our culture to choose the best ingredients (like using only natural and fresh choices) and to (sometimes even roughly) discuss for hours about recipes. My relatives would  have long food discussions before and after special occasions and gatherings like Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner. Well, food is definitely one of the most distinctive characteristics of Italy. Maybe some of my countrymates tend to be a bit radical with Italian cuisine rules, but I usually see that once they travel to the Philippines and “break the ice” with local food, they really fall in love with it.

This is me, eating pancit during Pahiyas Festival (Lucban).

After almost 2 years of living in the Philippines and of marriage with a Filipina (and highly-skilled home chef!) woman, some of the…

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Rice fields in Lupon

Rice fields in Lupon

Cocoa

Cocoa

Cocoa

Cocoa

Increase of cacao production Davao eyedLupon outdoor market - jackfruit and chiko

Lupon outdoor market – jackfruit and chico
Papaya

Papaya

More on Papaya here

Benefits of Papaya

Papaya grower in Bago City

Pineapple is good for you

And an interesting article on Guava here

Lupon market - Durian, Marang (unique to Mindanao), and Rambutan

Lupon market – Durian, Marang (unique to Mindanao), and Rambutan
Marang

Marang

DAVAO: THE PHILIPPINES’ FRUIT BASKET

Originally posted on Tropicalissimo:

ITALIANO IN FONDO (ITALIAN TRANSLATION BELOW)Blessed with fertile soil and good climate all year round, Davao is abundant with some of the tastiest fruits in the archipelago. Davao is also the largest city (in size) in the Philippines and hosts plentiful harvests of durian, mangosteen, pomelo, banana, lanzones, papaya among others. This city in the southern island of Mindanao is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of some of the aforementioned exotic fruits.

Davao 1After a hefty souvenir shopping in Adevinco, a short jeepney ride took me to the city’s fruit market. Walking along the alleys of the “Bangkerohan” Public Market in Davao City, you will find most of your basic and daily needs like fish, rice, vegetables, fresh meat, eggs, beans, some condiments and sauces… and of course a great variety of Davao’s freshest and tastiest fruits in very affordable prices!

Davao market 2I fascinatingly strolled along…

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These coffee beans have already been digested; by a civet. Washed and roasted, they make the most expensive coffee in the world: US$50 a cup.

These coffee beans have already been digested; by a civet. Washed and roasted, they make the most expensive coffee in the world: US$50 a cup.

In fact, you can buy Mt Apo Civet coffee at Davao Airport and the Crocodile Farm, Davao. I tried a small cup at the latter for around P150. I wasn’t blown away, but bearing in mind it came out of the back end of an oversized weasel, it wasn’t too bad!

It pays to sniff a cup of Civet coffee before committing it to the lips!

The information sheets on Mt Apo Civet Coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak

More information on the local production can be found here.

And more information on Civet coffee in the Philippines here.

And the successful business that sparked the coffee culture of Davao is described here

An article from the SunStar on sweet corn

Another article about the use of coconuts in cooking and even the origin of the name coco-nut

Peanuts

The humble malunggay

Lemon grass – It’s more than just a herb.

Regularly seen in the gardens around Davao are what are known locally as “Miracle Fruit”. I’ve asked what people do with them, but never had an understandable response. Now an article in the SunStar explains the Calabash in all its glory.

HOT PEPPERS PREVENT THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH

Originally posted on THE INTERNET POST:

Capsaicinoids found in cayenne pepper, jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers already have an established treatment role in creams to address joint and arthritis pain. They also promote fat burning, increase metabolism and even kill cancer cells. Scientists have now reported the latest evidence that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world.

Past research suggested that spicing food with chilies can lower blood pressure in people with that condition, reduce blood cholesterol and ease the tendency for dangerous blood clots to form.

Researchers in Korea recently published evidence that suggests the mechanisms behind why capsaicin may aid weight loss.

Spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can also curb appetite,especially for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University.

The component that gives jalapeno peppers their heat…

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MEDICINAL GINGER FOR HEALTH AND GARDEN

Originally posted on COTO Report:

gingerBy Rady Ananda
COTO ReportOne of the world’s most potent disease-fighting spices, ginger, is easy to grow and comes in a variety of over a thousand different species. Medicinal ginger most often used is Zingiber officinale.

The Real Food Channel reminds us, “Pharmaceutical companies would have you believe that their expensive and potentially toxic medications are the way to treat nausea, cold and flu symptoms, migraines, and other illnesses.” But, Ken McCarthy asks, “What if a common food, easily available and inexpensive, could treat all of these conditions and more?”

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The healing powers of guyabano

THE SOURSOP FRUIT IS 10,000 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN CHEMO-THERAPY

Guyabano

Originally posted on THE INTERNET POST:

The Soursop Fruit Is 10,000 Times More Powerful Than Chemo-Therapy

(TruthSeekerDaily) Soursop, also known as graviola, custard apple, cherimoya, guanabana, and Brazilian pawpaw is a fruit that grows in Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of northern South America. It has also been introduced to certain areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Annona muricata is the scientific name for this flowering Evergreen tree. The fruit of this tree is composed of white flesh, fiber, and indigestible black seeds.

People in Africa and South America have used parts of this plant to treat arthritis, depression, rheumatism, and infections from viruses and parasites. While not a miracle cure for cancer, some studies have shown that extracts from the fruit are able to kill certain types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy. Annonaceous acetogenins are thought to be the phytochemical responsible for its healing properties…

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HONEY – THE PERFECT ANTIBIOTIC CAPABLE OF SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Originally posted on THE INTERNET POST:

Honey, one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria. It could also be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration…

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And finally, all you ever needed to know about Growing Durian

 

Fresh prawns delivered door to dor
Fresh prawns delivered door to door
...crabs too.
…crabs too.
Lechon baboy (hog roast)
Lechon baboy (hog roast)

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We can't pass through Tagum without stopping at Annette's
We can’t pass through Tagum without stopping at Annette’s

More on Tagum, here.

Annette's lechon manok - unbelievably good
Annette’s lechon manok – unbelievably good

Lupon outdoor market - dried fish
Lupon outdoor market – dried fish
Lupon wet market - Bangus (milk fish)
Lupon wet market – Bangus (milk fish)
Lupon - Flying fish
Lupon – Flying fish
Lupon market - fresh tuna
Lupon market – fresh tuna
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