October Seasonal Crops

Papaya. Photo by Ashleigh Shea on Unsplash.

Here are the abundant crops this October. 

Alugbati (Basella alba)

Malabar spinach, locally referred to as alugbati, is a leafy vegetable that can be grown and harvested in just a month or so. It can reach 10 meters in length, has heart-shaped leaves, and a stem that is either purple or green.

Alugbati. Photo courtesy of Don Bustamante.

This versatile vegetable isn’t just a healthy part of many Filipinos’ diet. Alugbati fruits are also used as an additive in food coloring, inks, and cosmetics. As food, its leaves are frequently boiled, sauteed, added to salads, or used to thicken soups and stews.

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)

Cabbage, known locally as “repolyo,” is a mostly cool weather-loving vegetable that belongs to the mustard family. There are some cabbage varieties that can withstand heat, so they can also be cultivated in warm environments.

Cabbage. Photo by Shelley Pauls on Unsplash.

But since most cabbages prefer cool climates, this crop is mostly found in the Cordillera region and serves as a major income stream for nearly one-third of the population in Benguet, where it is grown all year long. There’s no reason to dislike this leafy vegetable because it is packed with calcium, fiber, and vitamins A and C.

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Sinigang, pinakbet, or laswa, a native Ilonggo dish, won’t be complete without okra. It is also enjoyed by many when steamed, stir-fried, or raw with a side of bagoong. 

Okra plant produces fruits that are colored green, and sometimes red, depending on the variety. 

Okra. Image by Rinki Lohia from Pixabay.

Consuming this is beneficial because it is high in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants, which can lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Papaya (Carica papaya)

Papaya, also called “papaw” or “pawpaw,” is a tropical fruit that is available all year round. It has pear-shaped fruits that, when ripe, turn from green to yellow or orange. 

Papaya. Photo by Ashleigh Shea on Unsplash.

The fruit contains small, round, black seeds that are edible and crunchy but have a mild peppery and bitter flavor. Its ripe fruits are usually enjoyed raw or processed into candies, jams, and more. 

Papaya has been dubbed the “angel of the fruits” by Italian adventurer and navigator Christopher Columbus due to its delicious flavor.

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Vina Medenilla
Vina Medenilla is a content producer for Agriculture Monthly magazine. She is a graduate from Miriam College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Fashion, photography, and travel are some of the things she loves. For her, connection with nature is essential to one’s life.

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