Alugbati is a native Philippine vegetable that is easily identified by its purple stems, and spinach like leaves. Also known as Malabar Spinach or Indian spinach, Alugbati is rich in fibre, vitamin A, iron, folic acid and promotes healthy eyesight and a healthy immune system. Alugbati easily grows in containers and pots and can grow wild without much care. Its readily available in the groceries or markets and costs around P15 per bundle.
This is a great substitute for dishes which require spinach. When boiled, the texture is slightly slimy if overdone. For best results, blanche it in hot water very quickly. Alternatively, eat it raw, dressed in a vinaigrette to retain its original crunch. Per 100 grams, Alugbati weighs in at only 19 calories! IT has 3.4g of carbohydrates and 1.8g of protien and has a good amount of potassium 510mg, which is great to help decrease bloat. Its also full of vitamin A and vitamin C.