Good day, and welcome to AtoZfoodnames!

My name is Perla; I’m verrry interested in the etymology of food names.  I’ve long been intrigued by the whys and wherefores of food names. Why is that yucky vegetable called amargoso (bittermelon)? How is binatog (hominy) prepared? Is chicharon (crackling) found in other cultures? Et cetera.

In this blog, I will discuss relevant terms from Philippine cuisine, and sometimes food names from elsewhere.  It’s my hope that you, too, share my interest in the origins of food names. Sometimes, when I’m unable to find definite information on a topic, I present a probable explanation. You’re most welcome to write in your own theory. By sharing information, we might help increase our knowledge of this interesting subject.


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