Aside from all the pristine beaches that you can only find in the Philippines, there are sumptuous traditional Filipino foods that you must try out! Express yourself better and memorize the names of these fruits and vegetables in Tagalog today in this post.
Whenever you think about the Philippines, what usually comes to mind is the tropical environment making it a home to a diverse collection of rare fruits, vegetables, and even species! What makes it different from all the Asian countries is that this archipelagic country boasts a marriage between various countries! If you visit Manila, you will see advanced city life, but if you take a stroll on the province side... the whole landscape literally changes!
From the province, you can see white sand beaches and traditional houses to the point that you will wonder if you are on a whole new different dimension. From private cars or public vehicles in the city, you will instantly be greeted by the traditional modes of transportation like motorized tricycles, Carabao riding, and the common balsa!
Additionally, houses in the province are much bigger and are traditional by nature. Most houses usually have two floors, wherein the first story is called a "silong" or a buffer area for sudden flood and to prevent farm animals from getting up the living area. Additionally, you can find that most houses have their own backyard gardens where they follow a farm-to-table living. These gardens are not just for flowers but for vegetables and fruits like the following:
In the country, the Tagalog word for vegetable is "gulay" and the Filipino people are always using it in most of their local dishes as it is always available and can be grown right in your backyard for free! In fact, the popular nursery rhyme called Bahay Kubo reflects the traditional provincial living for most Filipinos.
From this folk song, you'll learn that most families live in a small nipa hut and they survive by planting and harvesting fruits and veggies right at their home. The most common vegetables grown in the backyard and the dishes where they are part of are the ones listed below.
|Tagalog Names||English Translation||Filipino Dishes|
|Singkamas||Yam bean/Mexican turnips/Jicama||Lumpiang Singkamas|
|Talong||Eggplant||Adobong Talong/Tortang Talong|
|Sigarilyas||Winged beans||Gising Gising/Ginataang Sigarilyas|
|Sitaw||String beans/Long beans||Ginisang Sitaw/Adobong Sitaw|
|Bataw||Hyacinth beans||Pinoy Pinakbet|
|Patani||Lima beans/Kidney beans||Patani Guisado|
|Kundol||Winter melon||Minatamis Na Kundol|
|Patola||Sponge gourd||Miswa At Patola Soup|
|Upo||Bottle gourd||Ginisang Upo/Sotanghon|
Of course, there are still a lot of veggies available in the Philippines, in the list below are some of the other ones that are usually used for top Filipino dishes.
|Tagalog Names||English Translation||Filipino Dishes|
|Togue/Toge||Bean sprouts||Lumpiang Togue/Ginisang Toge|
|Labong||Bamboo shoot||Adobong Labong/Dinengdeng|
|Repolyo||Cabbage||Ginisang Repolyo/Tortang Repolyo|
|Kintsay/Kinchay||Cilantro/Parsley/Chinese celery||Lumpiang Shanghai/Ginisang Kinchay With Tokwa|
|Kamote||Sweet potato||Kamote Que/Kamote Keyk|
|Kangkong||Watercress/River spinach||Adobong Kangkong|
|Gabi||Taro||Laing Na Gabi|
|Karot||Carrot||Pinoy Potato Salad|
|Mais||Corn||Mais At Malunggay Soup|
|Mongoo/Mungo||Mung beans||Ginisang Munggo|
|Patatas||Potato||Ginisang Patatas/Pinoy Croquettes|
Which among these are your favorites?
Please note that there are still tons of vegetables in the Philippines but what we have listed there are the most commonly used ones for traditional Filipino dishes. With knowledge of this, we bet that you can hit the streets and buy any of these like a total pro!
As I conclude this article, I hope I was able to enlighten you with the most useful English translations as well as the dishes in which you will encounter the aforementioned vegetables. If you liked this post, please share it on social media so that we can reach out to language enthusiasts and Tagalog learners from across the world who might be interested in learning further.
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