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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Magic of Talbos ng Kamote (Sweet Potato Leaves)

Took a different route going home this morning after my errands today and I passed by this Filipino store and noticed they were selling some vegetables. At first glance, I thought it was Kangkong but I noticed color in the leaves and I realized it must be Talbos ng Kamote..and it was! I bought a bunch for only $1.50 and since it's Friday today, I decided that this will go well with our Flounder Fish which I planned to cook for dinner.


Talbos ng Kamote, also known as Sweet Potato Leaves or Camote Tops (scientific name Ipomoea Batatas) is another one of my favorite vegetables but I never get to eat them all the time as they are not always available in Asian Markets or Filipino Stores here. Other than buying them from markets, sometimes friends give them to us straight from their garden.

I love Talbos ng Kamote for its health benefits:

(a) Excellent sources of antioxidative compounds, mainly polyphenolics, which may protect the human body from oxidative stress that is associated with many diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases. source

(b) High in iron. I grew up being anemic for a long time and part of my doctor's suggested diet then was to eat lots of ampalaya, liver steak and talbos ng kamote so my mother made sure we had a steady supply of all these.

(c) Good source of vitamins A, B and C, calcium and phosphorus. source

I love Talbos ng Kamote because it's so easy to cook. Just boil in hot water for a few minutes, transfer to a bowl, squeeze lemon or calamansi on top and serve. Then magic happens as the acidity of the lemon/calamansi will make the soup turn red. That's why I call them my magic vegetables because they turn red with just a few drops of lemon and magic too because it does make my blood healthier.

You can also make Camote Tops Salad. Blanch leaves in boiling water and drain. Add cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Then pour a few teaspoons of Vinaigratte dressing.

Tonight, I cooked them the old-fashion way (by just boiling) and dipped in Bagoong (shrimp paste).

I hope one day, when we have a house, I'd get to grow some Camote Tops in our own garden so I would always have a fresh supply of this wonderful magic vegetables.


17 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I was about to say that the talbos wouldn't taste good without our bagoong. Meron ka pala stock dyan. I love talbos ng kamote, partner ng pritong galunggong. Sarap!

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  2. hi Leah! we always have bagoong at home :) *wink*

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  3. what we do with the soup is to cool it, put calamansi and some honey. healthy juice!

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  4. i also love talbos ng kamote. lalo na kung bagoong balayan ang partner. yum yum yum! pero napaisip ako... tagal na rin pala ako di nakakain nyan! i remember when we were still living in pampanga, fresh from the garden pa yung camote tops namin. yum yum!

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  5. @xingkit: wow, talbos ng kamote juice--i'll try that sometimes :) thanks for the tip :)

    @anj: yes, that bagoong is good too :)

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  6. Naku Ibyang, saan tuloy ako maghahanap ng talbos dito...at bagoong?! :D

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  7. I love talbos ng kamote din. Kami naman ginigisa sa bawang at sibuyas lang...sarap :)

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  8. One thing I love with talbos ng kamote ay partner siya ng Friend Tilapia. Not shrimp paste but bagoong balayan ang vinegar, brings out the Ilocano side in me :)Don't forget the banana

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  9. same here. i love talbos ng kamote too. pero mas gusto kung sawsawan ung toyo at kalamansi kaysa bagoong.

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  10. we have some growing in our backyard and perfect match to anything fried! :D

    naglalaway tuloy ako! LOL

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  11. Hello! Visiting here. I just made talbos ng kamote salad and twas very good. Sarap lalo na pag nagkakamay

    Vicy
    Mackenzie

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  12. try adobo talbos! yum!

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  13. Love this green leafy vegetable talbos ng kamote. Good partner with fried Tilapia and Patis sauce with kalamansi

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  15. Google brought me here! :">
    Was Googling about benefits of talbos ng kamote cos I'm having these veggies right this moment. Saarap, talbos ng kamote salad. Ang vinegar, so assiiiim. Hihihi

    Happy blogging!
    http://buhaybojoy.blogspot.com

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  16. try to make talbos na laing, kanina lang yun ang niluto ko. just saute garlic, onion, ginger, shrimpaste or bagoong then add the gata simmer then add the talbos wew, tikman yumyumyum!!

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    1. Hello! Thank you for this tip. I've been wondering on how I can cook Laing coz I miss eating it. I will definitely do this and let you know how it goes. :)

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