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Looking at the fruits which resemble blackberries, I was fascinated. I was looking for some subjects to practice my macro shots on early this morning when I noticed these dark purple fruits hanging in a trellis which hubby made a few months ago. I don’t eat alugbati, preferring the more popular camote tops  and the fresh young leaves of chayote.  Lots of persuasions from hubby to try it, steamed  and squeezed with kalamansi or mixed with mongo didn’t induce me  to even taste it, but he eats it like he is eating  camote tops that I like.

Known as Malabar spinach, Indian spinach or  climbing spinach, luo kui shu( in Chinese), is one of the most popular indigenous leafy vegetables in the Philippines. Originally from India, it is usually found in hedges and cultivated areas ans is extensively grown in market gardens and home gardens.

Its leaves are somewhat fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped. The fruit is fleshy  and turns purple when it matures. The young stems, leaves and shoots are blanched. One of the reasons why I get turned-off is because the flavor is a little earthy and the texture when cooked is slimy. I later learned that it has lots of uses and nutritional values. The purplish dye from the ripe fruit is used as food color while the cooked roots are used for treating diarrhea. The cooked stems and leaves are good laxative and the flowers are used as antidote for poison. A paste of the leaves is applied  to treat  boils while a paste of the root is  good for swelling.

Alugbati grows well under full sunlight in hot, humid climate like ours. It may take sometime before I’ll learn to eat this nutritional vegetable but until then, I’ll just watch hubby enjoy his plate of steamed alugbati and fried fish to go with it.


Random Shots at the Garden

Some of the best times in my life are those moments I spend in our small garden, watching things grow, nurturing a newly planted ornamental, waiting for some seeds to sprout or just  waiting  in anticipation for a new shoot to open and reveal its blooms.  I took these shots last January 1, 2010, some kind of a reminder  on what I did the first day of the year.

My Amazon  Lily is in bloom again and I just can’t help but take a shot of the virginal white flowers.  It’s one of those few plants left during the flood.  Take time to smell the flowers, so they say, and this one has a nice scent.

The hubby has to wash with soap  the leaves of these spathiphyllum  after they were drenched by the flood. Surprisingly though , after a few months,  a few shoots of flowers can be seen again. I have a mind to make a list of the plants which are sturdy and can still thrive despite the drenching they got.

The view is nice from here.  Took this shot while trying the new hammock that we bought in Tanay.  I have one or two wind chimes attached to our avocado tree, one of which is made of different shells and this one you see in the picture.

Bing gave these Dendrobiums to me as gifts for Christmas.   The outer petals are in green but they have different shade of dark violet and a little bit of brownish pink at the inner core.

Another shot. Some orchids like this Dendrobium variety are quite easy to grow, but too much water is not good for them. They can thrive for a long time without watering.

My favorite shot, so far!  Trying hard again, experimenting with my camera.  Sometimes, it is really a hit or miss thing but who cares, I do of course!

These are the dwarf variety of ampalaya which the hubby planted a month a go outside our bedroom window, I love to see greens when I wake up in the morning.

The hammock which we bought in Tanay, it’s made of  rattan. Don’t you just love watching the world go by?

Morning scene at the garden, sans the bluegrass which is all gone.

A peek on the outside world.  Just wondering, “what would tomorrow bring?”

Love the fluffy morning clouds dotting the horizon, it’s so peaceful here. Sometimes I ask , “what makes you fascinating and lovely and quite mysterious”?  Whoa, one of these days maybe, I’ll write a poem about one of my favorite subjects, Clouds!

And I call  this small plot the hubby’s territory. There are squash, sweet potato, okra, lots of mustard, tomatoes and pepper to go.

And string beans too, supplying us once a week with fresh veggies.

Mustard grow in vertical masses of leaves called “greens”.

Mixed with my white and light violet Vinca.

Sweet potato vine or what we call kamote tops, good for sinigang.

That’s okra for you.

It’s Aster corner Violet Street, all streets in our subdivision were named after flowers.

Can’t resist another shot……:)

The lone tomato shrub mixed with the veggies….

Wheat Grass Juice

Got a taste of this when we went to Frontera Verde Tiendesitas a few months ago. It tasted like grass of course but I didn’t know that it has healing properties and it is now promoted as immune system booster.

Wheat grass refers to grass grown indoors in trays for approximately ten days and is squeezed into fresh juice.  It is used primarily for therapeutic purposes. while the 60 + day old field grown grasses are primarily used for nutritional supplements.  I don’t know how effective this juice is in treating certain ailments but it was recently featured in the program Sweet Life.

According to research, wheat grass juice is 70% chlorophyll and its chemical composition closely resembles hemoglobin.  It is said to heal tissues, help purify the liver, improve blood sugar levels and help flush out accumulated toxins.

Cory Quirino wrote about it in her articles at Philippine Daily Inquirer.