Incorporating ‘weedibles’ in the daily diet

In her book, Weedibles, Weedicinals Plus Edible Flowers and More, author Flor Tarriela talks about the many weedibles and weedicinals that may be unknowingly available in our homes and could give both nutritional and medicinal value in our daily living.

Essentially, both weedibles and weedicinals are weeds – plants that have grown at the wrong place. Weedibles are plants that we can eat, and in fact incorporate in our daily diet especially for those who may have some illnesses which can be treated or managed by weedibles.

Check your garden — you just MAY have some pancit pancitan available. Take advantage of its medicinal benefits too.

Check your garden — you just MAY have some pancit pancitan available. Take advantage of its medicinal benefits too.

One example I would like to share is pancit pancitan. It is used to relieve rheumatism, hypertension and even urinary tract infection. It is also known to help treat gout. Many Filipino men suffer from gout due to lifestyle and genetic predisposition. You may look around in your garden to check for some weeds growing, and it's not impossible to have pancit pancitan growing nearby.

Pancit pancitan is best eaten fresh. Pluck a few leaves, wash them and put as garnish to your ensalada, as topping to your omelette or as garnish too of your pancit (as in the noodle dish). The leaves are crunchy. Some boil the leaves and drink the tea too. Eaten regularly, it will yield benefits in minimizing gout attacks.

Developing the habit of incorporating plants in our daily diet whether for nutrititional or medicinal purposes (or both) allow us to enjoy the fruits of living sustainably. On top of this, natural remedies abound.

Catch Flor's Garden and A Plate of Bahay Kubo next month as they share best practices on how to build a sustainable home in this time of pandemic. Details to follow.

The author may be reached at [email protected] or follow her at Instagram @kaycalpolugtu and @aplateofbahaykubo.

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