Feb 24, 2011

Freshly Picked From Silang, Cavite

Freshly picked and sliced pineapples on banana leaves

I haven't been able to cook or bake anything for some time now, simply because I am out on our Community Immersion in Silang, Cavite. We are supposed to conduct programs for the far-flung communities during this time, and we are of course required to live the life as a community member for three weeks.

Somehow between being homesick and sleeping in those hard bamboo beds the call papag, I saw how beautiful Silang really is. Our group was situated in the Sitios of Ilang-Ilang and Kasuyan, where we were adopted by our foster parents who live as farmers in the area. Here are some photos that I was able to take from our small trips to the bukid.

Newly harvested native corn cobs being sun-dried

Most of their crops were native corn cobs called yellow corn, which turn to a bright orange color when sun-dried. When ground. these are used to make native delicacies such as kalamay, as well as ground food for livestock and poultry. I tried using their wooden tool for separating kernels from cobs, and it was really fun and tiring to use!

Rows of pineapples ready for harvesting

A baby pineapple still red and small

Ready to pick!

Langka (Jackfruit) harvested from my foster parents' tree

                Wild Siling Labuyo           Old-Fashioned Stove using firewood

Newly cut banana bunches

Pang Ad-ad, wooden  tool used to separate dried kernels from cobs (Really fun to use!)

Kernels ready to be milled and ground

2 comments:

  1. wow! glad that you get to experience living in my hometown. I miss the simplicity of life there and the fresh air =)

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  2. It was really nice! We're on our third week this coming Monday, and I can't wait to go to the ilog and milk the cows. Our foster parents are really fun people!

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