Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Vegetables

May 9, 2019

Whether you’re the type to push veggies to the side of your plate or you’re someone who generously crowds your dish with greens from sinigang, nilaga, tinola, or monggo, there’s no denying how crucial vegetables are to a well balanced meal. They add unique flavor, color, and texture notes to anything you add them to. To help you shop for that english recipe you got off the Internet, here are some of the Filipino names for vegetables available in most markets.


Curious about what to call other animal parts, plants, spices, or other common ingredients in Filipino? Let us know what terms you want translated or need help with by commenting below.

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7 responses to “Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Vegetables”

  1. Kat says:

    Thank you for this helpful article! Just noticed there’s 2 singkamas/turnip illustrations (top right bottom left)… Also, Isn’t singkamas called jicama?

  2. Benny says:

    Thanks for the article 🙂 As mentioned in the earlier comment, the common singkamas in PH is called jicama rather than turnip. Kinchay specifically refers to Chinese celery ( Apium graveolens var. secalinum) as compared to ordinary celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce). The former is used for its flavour while the latter for texture. In the same manner, labanos refers specifically to Daikon radish.

    • Irene says:

      ^^ What Benny said. Singkamas is jicama. Turnips are more bulbous with a red-violet exterior. In the Visayas regions, labanos is called rabanos. Perhaps a play on its genus (Raphanus)?

  3. culinarystudent says:

    Singkamas is Jicama, I believe 😀

  4. Clyde Rennell says:

    Tomato is a fruit.

  5. paulshope says:

    sigarilyas, bataw, patani, upo, mustasa, kundol, patola

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