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Feb 22, 2017 @ 17:49

5 badass plants you want in your garden for Pinoy dishes

We chose these plants because they do not require much attention other than the occasional watering. We must confess that ours are planted on the soil in the garden and not on pots. We are new to gardening.

1. calamansi

I don’t think a Pinoy household can last a week without calamansi. Even if you are not making barbecue, bistik, or anything that required a marinade, you still want it in your garden because that is a basic ingredient in Pinoy sawsawans. We bought a shrub years ago and it’s thriving. Last week, we harvested half a kilo of really plump ones. We think the coffee grounds we dumped there helped. The calamansi we got from the market this week are not as juicy.

2. siling labuyo

We mean the native siling labuyo and not the big Thai or Taiwan chilis that are longer. We got our plant from seeds we picked up during one of our stays in CLSU. The siling labuyo just thrives there. The siling labuyo we have are doing well, the birds just beat us to it all the time. We know it’s doing well because the birds don’t finish the plate. They eat about half a sili and move on to the next. This also goes in the dipping sauce and the barbecue sauce. It’s also really good on a grilled cheese sandwich. Mince it finely and just put in as much as you can take on the cheese. Try it.

3. tanglad or lemongrass

Common, you can’t fail here. It’s just grass and it just grows. it doesn’t even require a lot of watering. Just remember to cut it. Stuff your lechon manok with it or roll it inside a pork belly. It takes them to the next level.

4. pandan

We are Pinoy and what’s a Pinoy meal without rice. This is really a must. We put it on rice before cooking. When the rice is done and you’re ready to put it on the table, you would love the smell when you open the pot. Of course, you’d love eating the rice even more.

5. kamias

We just planted our kamias seedling last year and it’s still very small. It has survived a couple of storms which means it has passed the typhoon stress test. The argument of some against it is that it’s too messy. Once it bears fruit, there’s just too much and some find it messy because they have to sweep around it all the time when it’s fruiting. The thing is, people shouldn’t complain about abundance when many are hungry. WIth kamias, it doesn’t even have to spoil because all you have to do is dry it under the sun. That really makes for a good sinaing na tulingan.

Garlic, tomatoes, onions, and ginger are used in kitchens a lot too but I just haven’t been as successful with them as with the five. Also, I haven’t tried planting garlic or the red onions. We have ginger in the garden right now but the shoots are just beginning.


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