My Uncle Cesar keeps a backyard garden as a hobby and food source. I usually go there to pick fresh okras to eat with white rice and shrimp paste. I visited it last week to see what other veggies he has growing in there and took some pictures that I would like to share with you.
This is “mustasa” or mustard plant. My mom uses it in sinigang sa miso and I read that it’s got anti cancer properties.
This is a young malunggay plant. The thing with this plant is that it grows easy. The leaves can be used for monggo and tinolang manok. The fruits can be used in diningding, an Ilokano dish. Malunggay is also good for lactating mothers, which my sister would be a month from now.
I was delighted to see this aloe vera plant. This is rich in vitamin E and I will be researching for ways on how I can make use of this as part of my natural skin care habits. I also remember a friend saying that you can use extracts of this plant for body acne treatment. I have to verify that info, though.
I love pechay. My uncle grows big pechays that look like giant, green flowers. I personally pick the young ones and steam it with okra and eat it with Mother’s Best Sweet Shrimp Paste.
This is a siling labuyo plant. It has new ripe fruits yet but once it does, I bet my uncle will use it spice up his favorite vinegar.
Do you have a backyard garden? Do you grow any plants? Share what you what you have in your garden in the comment section below.