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Mabolo, kamagong

Mabolo, kamagong

  BY KIM ATIENZA     Afraid you are losing your sense of smell? Known scientifically as anosmia, it is one of the first signs of contracting COVID-19. I tried it out myself recently by sniffing a tray of mabolo fruit. Its strong, pungent (?) smell presents the best challenge to your nose, next only […]

Pukingan tea

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Pukingan tea

  BY KIM ATIENZA     You surely have seen it, but didn’t know its scientific name, or its uses. You are attracted to its flower in a lovely shade of blue, following the shape of the female genitalia. It is called clitoris ternatea, or pukingan, a twining herb or climbing vine with slender stem. […]

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Shame plant

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Shame plant

  BY KIM ATIENZA     I was both surprised and amused when I read a post on Facebook recently selling a pot of makahiya plant for a sum of 4,530 pesos! I didn’t know if the seller was serious, or was just posting it as a joke for sheer enjoyment. But, it carried a […]

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