The Malunggay tree is a fixture found in just about every Philippine yard. The nutritious leaves are used in soups and other dishes. I especially like them in monggo soup, so of course we wanted our own supply of Malunggay. One kindly lady at a plant nursery gave me a tiny little Malunggay plant. My wife and everyone else laughed when I planted it on our lot. Our neighbors in Tigbauan said they’d bring us a Malunggay tree. It’s all pretty simple once you know how it’s done.
Planting Malunggay is accomplished by hacking off a branch of sprout of an existing Malunggay tree and sticking it in the ground. I came back to look the next day and here’s what I found:
It looks like we may be harvesting Malunggay leaves in a few weeks or months. Malunggay is thought to be very nutritious and it’s cultivation and consumption in promoted by the Philippine government. It seems to have been a native of India. Lots more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malunggay
Also note the kangkong (water spinach) spreading on the ground below the Malunggay. This edible plant is also widely eaten in the Philippines and has virtually taken over our lot without any effort on our part. I especially like it in the sour soup sinigang. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_aquatica