What Are Health Benefits of Baeg /Alokon /Himbabao?

Summer time again. The leaves of himbabao tree are almost gone and the worm-like flowers are numerous.

Himbabao have plenty of leaves like mango trees but cannot provide enough shade. Staying under the tree during hot days is not comfortable. Majority of sunlight is passing through.

Tree bark is smooth and the trunk have few large branches. This properties make it hard for a novice climber (like me) to get on top and harvest some for veggies. However, my big brother is a good climber. He was able to get on top easily.

Himbabao is a delectable vegetable. It become slimy when cook and give the soup a thicker body. It is good as stand alone dish or mixed with other favorites. Recipe in this site is bulanglang na himbabao, patani and sitaw.

himbabao dish

Other terms for this veggie is alucon, alakon, alokon and baeg. The scientific name is Broussonetia luzonica.

I am wondering what could be the possible benefits of himbabao. I have found two so far. This is not a well studied tree so finding information is hard.

The Benefits:

1) Himbabao trees grow in wild. Seeds are carried by wind or other flying creatures.There are two trees in my father’s farm. Both of them are grown wild. This vegetable is free from any chemical pesticides. Attempting to spray it with insecticides is insanity.

2) According to Bucaio Blog, it is rich in vitamins A, B and C, and contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.

Do you know other benefits of himbabao? Please share it!


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4 Comments

  • There are two kinds of himbabao plants, one is the male tree that produces the long flowers that are commonly eaten prepared as “bulanglang” with other veggies; the other is the female tree that produces flowers that are roundish. I tried to get the female flowers and cooked with other veggies like squash flowers, saluyot leaves and malunggay and it tastes good! Try it, nobody told me that it can also be eaten but I had experimented on it.

  • And also to harvest the young leaves & flowers you have to cut the whole branches. this is also the best way that the new branches will grow and will bear flowers later on.

    It is like pruning in other plants. this tree will not bear more flowers if you harvest the flowers by picking only the flowers. you have to cut the whole branches.

  • All I know about this vegetable is that it is very delicious and very healthy. This is a commonly planted in our province by cutting one of its branches and planting it in common soil.

    This procedure is also same for plants like malunggay & kamoteng kahoy

    • I never thought it could be propagated through cuttings, thanks!

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