December 9, 2022

The many ways to cook and serve vegetables were shown to the public through a vegetable buffet held at the Bureau of Plant Industry recently.

High Value Crop Development Program coordinator and chief of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division of the Department of Agriculture Joan Bacbac said the buffet was organized to show that when prepared creatively, even children will like eating vegetables.

 “Other than slicing and just boiling cabbage especially for us Igorots, there are many ways to cook it that the children will appreciate in terms of appearance and taste,” Bacbac said.

Among the extraordinary ones were the carrot salad, which looked and tasted like fruit salad, mushroom dinakdakan, mashed potato with eggs, crunchy potato balls with quail eggs, vegetable balls that tasted like the Japanese takoyaki, and carrot ukoy.

There were also other dishes using vegetables like the classic chop suey, French toast topped with fresh fruits and vegetables, pancit, vegetable salad, pinakbet, fried rice with vegetables, boiled camote and banana, potato salad, sinigang na baboy and mussels sautéed with vegetables.

For dessert, squash ice cream was served.

Bacbac said the six divisions and an attached unit of the agency joined the “eat all-you-can” event as part of the High Value Crop Week and Filipino Food Month celebration that aims to promote consumption of local and nutritious agricultural produce.

DA workers and some residents in the neighborhood attended the event. – PNA