PIPINONG IHALAS - (wild cucumber, sc.tific name: Melothria pendula, Linn.) of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental is strikingly similar in size, shape, color, and taste (yes, I tried it) to that of pipinong gubat or pipinong ligaw of Bulacan and Silang, Cavite. So it grows all over the archipelago. I found this also in Inopacan, Leyte last summer. Last June this was served in Siglo's heirloom salad at View Park Hotel in Tagaytay City. To the wonder of today's Pinoys in the provinces, they do not eat this. They do not know this is edible. But their old folks are picking this along the way and took as their snack. My dear friend, Jose Benigno Salvador , a food historian, once shared a post that the Katipuneros of Bulacan forage on this while trekking the terrains of Bulacan.
Here's what an article says about the cuke and foliage of this tiny cucumber: "According to the “chemical-bromatologic” analysis of this plant carried out in the present work, this vegetal species under study constitutes a source of water, vitamins, minerals and, amazingly, also proteins. The fruits of this plant, despite its reduced size, has a pleasant sweet flavor and are edible for humans. Besides, its foliage is given to livestock as forage. For this reason, this “wild cucumber” could be an additional nutritional alternative for men and animals.” "They say it is 12.6% protein, 16.30% fiber and 56.8% carbohydrates. They also say the entire plant is good for ruminants. Propagation is by seed and cuttings." #Melothripendula #wildcucumber #cucumber #pipinonggubat #pipinongligaw #pipinongihalas #pipino #wildvegetable #wildplant #purgative #salad #pickle #PhilippineFoodIllustrated #PhilippinesIllustrated #SettingFootprints #edgiepolistico