also spelled as pariya in Maranao
paria - (pa-ri-yá; Maranao vegetable) [n.] green tomatillo-shaped variety of bitter gourd. Because of its shape, it is often mistaken as tomato.
This could be the shortest, smallest kind of ampalaya (bitter gourd) in the world. Yet, it tastes much bitter than the usual long ampalaya we can find in the grocery and public markets or even than that of the Ilocano native small-sized ampalaya.
It is cooked basically the same way as in cooking the long variety of ampalaya we regularly saw in the market in Visayas and Luzon.
Paria is grown and cultivated in the farms in Marawi City and nearby towns in Lanao del sur and Maguindanao provinces.
|A Maranao vegetable vendor readies packs of paria in his stall nearby the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila. He got his supply directly from Marawi City in Lanao del sur.|
For more about Pinoy foods, see also my OPEN & FREE food dictionary.