Alugbati

Benefits of Alugbati

This ovate or heart-shape leafy green vegetable with a scientific name Basella rubra Linn is commonly known as “Malabar Spinach” in English. Alugbati is a succulent plant and it is usually found in settled areas or in hedges throughout the Philippines. Thus, it can also be found in some countries such as Africa, Malaysia and tropical Asia.

Well, both the stems and young shoots are edible. In Philippines, alugbati is typically use as vegetable to any kind of cuisine, especially stew, and it is actually a good substitute for spinach. In addition, alugbati provides a dark violet color as natural food colorant due to its Anthocyanins content. Moreover, just like other vegetable, it has ample of nutrition which is beneficial for our health. In fact, it is an excellent source of calcium and iron. Aside from that, it is a good source of vitamins A, B and C. According to studies, it is considered as antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiulcer and antidiabetic.

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