Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class Mon to Fri
Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus (Linn) Moensch.
Synonym: Hibiscus esculentus L.
Other Common Name: Lady’s finger, Gumbo
Traditional Use: As the young tender fruits and seeds are mucilaginous, they are often used in cookery to thicken soups, sauces, and stews. The seeds are used as substitute for coffee. The mucilage is considered to have an aphrodisiac effect.
Phytochemicals: ARACHIDIC ACID, ASH, CALCIUM OXALATE, FAT, LINOLEIC ACID, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, MUCILAGE, NITROGEN, OLEIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, PECTIN, P2O5, STARCH, STEARIC ACID, VITAMIN C.
Other Properties/Actions: Stimulant, tonic, diuretic, carminative, anti-spasmodic.
Plant Description: A coarse, erect, branched, annual herb with orbicular leaves coarsely toothed and petioles equal to or longer than the leaves. Flower are axillary, solitary; calyx hairy and corolla large, yellow, deep purple at the base inside. Capsule is 10-20 cm long, narrowly oblong.
Other aphrodisiac vegetables:
- Ampalaya (Momordica charantia Linn)
- Carrot (Daucus carota Linn
- Batau or Batao (Dolichos lablab Linn)
- Labong or Bamboo Shoot (Bambusa spinosa Roxb)