Alokon is a favorite ingredient of “pinakbet” among Ilocanos of the North. This is actually the “worm-like” flower of the tree that is botanically known as Bruossonetia luzonica. Most of the flowers sold in the market are harvested from trees that are not really purposely planted by farmers. They are mostly volunteer trees that must have been dispersed by bats or some other creatures.
Most of the Alokon flowers (also known as Himbabao among Tagalogs) in the market are just about 2 to 3 inches long. However, there is this tree at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal that produces flowers that are as long as one foot long. They are as delicious as the short flowers available in most markets.
Hopefully, we will be able to propagate this particular Alokon tree through stem cuttings. The problem is that the tree is too tall and the branches easily break. We will have to find ways to get the branches for propagation. We have seen Alokon being propagated through cuttings in Santiago City in Isabela years ago.