Twenty-five Philippine native plants were featured in a coffee table book entitled “Sariling Atin”, Philippine News Agency reported.
As cited in the report of PNA, the said coffee table book was “a publication of the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), through its office in Region 4-A (Calabarzon), in partnership with the MoCa Family Farm Learning Center.”
The book was launched at Teofely Gardens. It contains the general information,economic potentials, culinary uses, and tips on propagation about the native plants.
“The book aims to bring back awareness and appreciation of the Philippine native plants,” Rolando Maningas, information chief of DA-ATI 4-A said.
“One of the 25 native plants featured in the book, arranged alphabetically, is the alingaro (scientific name Elaeagnus triflora Roxb, from the Elaegnaceae family), whose fruit has a sweet, tangy flavor and can be used to make an excellent savory sauce or sweet jam,” report mentioned.
Gigi Morris, the owner of the MoCa Family Farm, is interested with native plants. She identified the benefits of the plants although their misconceptions about the little economic value of the plants.
Nutritional diversity, food security, income-generating opportunities, ecosystem benefits, and maintenance of cultural identity are the assessed advantages.
“Together with other custodian farmers who manage a wide range of native plant production in their own little way, growers, propagators, and promoters of native plants are reaping the benefits of these plants,” Morris said.
“The book would lead to the understanding of the economic potentials of native plants,” Morris added.