rice fields in Luzon, Philippines

In the Philippines, rice, which is grown in fields like the one pictured above is eaten daily. Filipinos also eat a lot of vegetables. Many different types of fish and some meat is eaten as well. Often meals include several different vegetables with a small amount of meat, served over rice. Patis, a special fish sauce, is used in many dishes. Sometimes on special occasions, a whole pig is roasted (lechon).

Because of the tropical weather, Filipinos are able to grow many different varieties of fruit, for example kiwi, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, cantaloupe, mangos and coconuts.

fresh bananas

Philippines. (2002). In Junior worldmark encyclopedia of foods and recipes of the world. 4 vols. U*X*L. Retrieved from