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37 Easy Names Of Top Vegetables In Tagalog

May 6, 2022

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:

  • Saging (banana)
  • Papaya
  • Bawang (garlic)
  • Luya (ginger)
  • Sibuyas (onion)
  • Kamatis (tomato)
  • Talong (eggplant)
  • Ampalaya (bitter gourd)


“Bahay Kubo” Names Of Vegetables In Tagalog

Bahay Kubo Names of Vegetables in Tagalog

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 homes. The most common vegetables grown in the backyard and the dishes where they are part of are the ones listed below.

Tagalog NamesEnglish TranslationFilipino Dishes
SingkamasYam bean/Mexican turnips/JicamaLumpiang Singkamas
TalongEggplantAdobong Talong/Tortang Talong
SigarilyasWinged beansGising Gising/Ginataang Sigarilyas
ManiPeanutAdobong Mani
SitawString beans/Long beansGinisang Sitaw/Adobong Sitaw
BatawHyacinth beansPinoy Pinakbet
PataniLima beans/Kidney beansPatani Guisado
KundolWinter melonMinatamis Na Kundol
PatolaSponge gourdMiswa At Patola Soup
UpoBottle gourdGinisang Upo/Sotanghon
KalabasaSquashOkoy/Ginataang Kalabasa
LabanosRadishAtcharang Labanos/Kilawin
MustasaMustardBurong Mustasa
SibuyasOnionKilawing Sibuyas/Pinapaitan
BawangGarlicFilipino-Style Longganisa
LuyaGingerTinolang Talong/Salabat


Other Names Of Vegetables In Tagalog

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 NamesEnglish TranslationFilipino Dishes
Togue/TogeBean sproutsLumpiang Togue/Ginisang Toge
Kamoteng kahoyCassavaSuman/Nilupak
LabongBamboo shootAdobong Labong/Dinengdeng
Petsay/PechayBokchoyGinisang Pechay
RepolyoCabbageGinisang Repolyo/Tortang Repolyo
Kintsay/KinchayCilantro/Parsley/Chinese celeryLumpiang Shanghai/Ginisang Kinchay With Tokwa
KabuteMushroomMushroom Adobo
KamatisTomatoSarciadong Manok
KamoteSweet potatoKamote Que/Kamote Keyk
KangkongWatercress/River spinachAdobong Kangkong
GabiTaroLaing Na Gabi
KarotCarrotPinoy Potato Salad
LetsugasLettucePinoy-Style Salad
MaisCornMais At Malunggay Soup
MalunggayMoringa/HorseradishMalunggay Fritata
Mongoo/MungoMung beansGinisang Munggo
PatatasPotatoGinisang Patatas/Pinoy Croquettes
PipinoCucumberEnsaladang Pipino

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 in Tagalog. 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.

For other Tagalog-related lessons, I highly suggest that you check out our previous posts like how you can learn Tagalog quickly, the common funny phrases, and how to express flavors in Tagalog


Want To Learn More About The Philippines And Its Language?

Now that we've added a few new items to your list of vocabulary words, we firmly believe that learning should always continue. If you want to sound like a total native or impress Filipino colleagues, you can never go wrong when you invest as little as 10 minutes in learning Tagalog. Aside from all the resources, you can find online, our most recommended one is the Ling App!

The Ling App is a fantastic mobile application guaranteed to support your language learning adventure by providing distinct courses developed by real native speakers. It features full gamified content to ensure that learning will not be boring and will even challenge you to level up much faster!

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On the flip side, if you are someone who is interested in starting your journey in the Philippine language through phrases right away, then downloading Simply Learn is your best option. This application can be used along with Ling App but is perfect on its own since it comes with a compilation/dictionary of top Filipino phrases used in everyday interactions. If you are on a search for phrases to use for casual discourse, emergencies, or for asking directions, this app got your back!

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