These days, our social media feeds are filled with all things #COVID19 and #CoronaVirus: the Steven Soderbergh movie Contagion is being downloaded by thousands again, spikes in app downloads for games, online learning, and delivery have surfaced and we’ve seen several major events being canceled globally. Scary, yes. End of time?There’s hope.
Of course, this has to lead us to research more on the implications of the outbreak, and while we can’t do anything major but stay at home safely, wash our hands and refrain from touching our face, we can make an effort to boost our immune system through exercise and eating fibre-rich foods.
And what a surprise to discover that right in our backyards in Bicol, there’s a vegetable rich in fiber and Vitamin C: the laing. A cup of the taro leaves is packed with 86% of the body’s Vitamin C needs. This means that it helps in increasing the body’s defense against bacteria, fungi and viruses that are dangerous to the body. When the immune system functions effectively, diseases will be kept at bay.
Mixed with another powerful antiseptic, the coconut milk, the Bicol dish laing is not only delicious, but nutritious as well!
It’s perfect with rice, some dried or fried fish, as a dip for salted crackers, or even on its own!