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Calamansi – a Fruit for Health and Enjoyment

Here in the Philippines one of the most used fruits is the little green calamansi. About one inch in diameter it packs a lot of flavor and is utilized in many ways. It contains calcium, phosphorus and potassium and is high in vitamin C. Calamansi is available year round and is usually seen in its unripened state as a dark green fruit, but if left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange color. It is used to make beverages,...

Holy Week (final episode)

I know it has been a few days since Easter Sunday.  Easter Sunday turned out like a regular day for me except Elena and the girls had not returned. I woke up, had my juice and coffee and then met a friend at BluGre Coffee. It is a nice Coffee Shop with relaxing Jazz music playing, free WiFi and comfortable seating. I then visited a friend at his restaurant and while there I received a text from Elena that they were close and...

Eating Healthy in the Philippines?

 have written a few articles about the healthy fresh vegetables here in the Philippines. That is true, there are many vegetables available and especially on Mindanao where agriculture is a big business. But there is a large amount of people with High Blood Pressure. At the markets, there is a fresh supply of vegetables delivered daily. If you eat at home a lot and if the person doing the cooking is educated on cooking in a...

Gisadong Ampalaya (Ampalaya with eggs)

After I posted the article showing the fresh vegetables available here in Davao, I was asked to offer some recipes. Here is my first with the help of my wife Elena. Ampalaya is a vegetable widely eaten here in the Philippines. The leaves and fruit – used as vegetables – are excellent sources of Vit B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It has twice the amount of beta carotene in broccoli and twice the calcium content...

Food Shopping Observations

There are so many things the same as in the USA and so many that are so different. Produce is different. In the states you can go into the market and find many varieties of vegetables and fruits. One of the items I miss is large ripe red tomatoes, even if they were picked green and some procedure ripened them. Eggplant is the Asian type which is small and thin, not like the main variety in the states that is huge and can feed...