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Vegetables in a tropical country 

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 Vegetables and their specific qualities

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Okra

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The Okra-plant can reach  a height of 3 to 6 feet. Sometimes the plant is used in backyard gardens as an ornamental plant. The vegetable is used for soups and stews or as a fried or boiled vegetable. 

Okra is well known because of its healthy qualities. The valuable nutrients of the okra is evident. 50 % is soluble. Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol and  reduces the risk of heart disease. The other 50% of the vegetable (insoluble fibre) helps to decrease  the risk of some forms of cancer. Moreover, nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6  are also present in half cup of cooked okra! The vegetable is consumed with other vegetables and fish or meat.

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Paliya

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ampalaya

Paliya (Ampalaya). Because of the taste it is well known as "bitter melon". It is eaten with meat and other vegetables.

The vegetable is well known because of its medicinal value especially against HIV/AIDS. Local people think that 'the bitter this vegetable is, the more medicinal value it has'.  Even the Department of Health of the Philippines, has recommended this herbal  vegetable as very helpful with HIV, liver problems and Diabetes. The leaves of the plant are often used for children's coughs. Paliya is also used in the treatment of skin diseases and the sterility in women.

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Pechay

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Pechay

Pechay (Pak Choi) is a cabbage. It is one of the most known vegetables in the Philippines. It is also known as one of the oldest green vegetables in Asia. The Pechay differs in many aspects from other (for instance European) cabbages. The leaves of the Pechay vary in length from 10 to 30 cm. The leaves are green and mild flavoured and less crisp than other cabbages. 

It is often used in stews and soups. It isn't tasty by itself, so it needs some salt and other flavour to be added. Meals with Pechay are often completed with other vegetables and fish or meat.

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Sitaw

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stringbeans

Sitaw (English: String beans, in the Cebuano language: Batong). These 'long beans'  are  not cooked as a whole long bean, but before cooking broken into pieces of  3-4 inches. The taste is a very little bit sweet. A mix with meat, fish, other vegetables,  is always a delicious meal.

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Talong

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Eggplant

Talong (English: Eggplant). The fruit is long, thin and has a purple colour. The size can differ. The taste of purple fruit is tasty or, as some say, rather smooth. It is a fruit but eaten as a vegetable. Many times the Talong is cut open in one piece, backed together with eggs, fish or meat and completed with other vegetables. Many people like it in this way as a kind of an omelette.

eggplant

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