PHILIPPINE FRUITS

These are some tropical fruits that can be found in the Philippines that will entice you to eat and crave for more.

Mango - this heart shape fruit never fails to disapprove the different taste among foreigners.  Named as one of the favorite fruit among visitors and locals.  It comes in different varieties to mention a few, the sweet taste mango and the sour taste mango.

Banana - One of the most common fruits you can find here in the Philippines.  There are different varieties of bananas.  Some are only used for cooking and others are the sweet and delicious variety.  These elongated, edible fruit of these plants have a yellowish to reddish to green skin, sweet smelling, and seedless pulp.

Coconut - also known as the “Tree of Life”, all the parts of this tree are useful from roots to leaves.  Drinking its juice is one of the best refreshments to quench your thirst.  Coconut is the best source of Vitamin B.

Guava - there are many varieties of guavas, which can range in size from small egg to medium apple.  Guava is light sweet in taste and rich in Vitamin C.  Inside the fruit are tons of hard seeds and generally yellowish or almost white in color.

Lemonsito/ Kalamansi - it is a small fruit and typically the sap is used to make fresh juice that is rich in Vitamin C.   Lemonsito’s rind is green in color and yellow-brownish when it is over ripe.

Mangosteen - the berry of this tree has a hard rind and has five to seven seeds with sweet-acid flavor.  It is believed that mangosteen is the finest of all fruits, thus, it is called as the “queen of the fruits”.

Durian - tagged as smells like hell but taste like heaven.  Though the odor is awfully bad nevertheless the taste of this Davao’s famous fruit is pleasant.

Papaya - it is a very good source of Vitamin A and C.  When ripe, it is yellow or orange in color and the fruit can even weigh for more than 3 kilos! Papaya is one of the most widely known breakfast fruits in the Philippines.

Watermelon - The shape of this fruit is either oblong or roundish with sweet juicy pulp.  The seeds of watermelon may be black, brown, green, red or white.  The best ways to eat watermelon is when chilled. 

Santol - in English, it is also called as wild mangosteen.  There are two varieties of santol, the yellow and the red rind.  The yellow rind is the most common here in the Philippines.  The pulp may be sour or sweet and contains inedible brown seeds.  The Filipinos like to eat santol when it is sour and paired it with salt. 

Starfruit - its fruit is golden yellow or green berry.  This five angled and shape like a star fruit is crunchy and slightly sour or sweet, reminiscent of apples, pears or sometimes grapes.

Avocado - a pear shaped fruit with soft oily edible flesh and a large seed.  The flesh is usually a pale yellow-green.  Avocado provides thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin A.  It is eaten fresh or as a shake. 

Pineapple - this juicy large tropical fruit with yellow flesh has a large swordlike leaves.  Pineapple balances the taste between sweet and tart.  The part nearer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content thus a sweeter taste and more tender texture.

Marang - Physically it looks like Durian, but it differs in taste if Durian taste like heaven then Marang is superbly sweet. To determine, if the fruit is already ripe, if it gives a smell that you ought not to smell.

Sineguelas - It is loaded with Vitamin C which is good for our immune system.  Others often pair sineguelas with rock salt.

Rambutan - An oval yellowish-red fruit covered with soft spines and has a large seed inside that taste so sweet & juicy.  It is similar to lychee.

Duhat - this is found throughout the islands especially during summer where it is abundant.  If you don’t know how to eat duhat here’s how: Put the Duhat in a large bowl, sprinkle it with salt and shake energetically.  Be careful in eating this fruit, it can stain your clothes once you mess eating with it.

Pomelo - a closely related grapefruit family that is also known as shaddock.  It is a very large pear shaped fruit with thick skin, though it is closely related to grapefruit family it has a very coarse dry pulp. Nonetheless, a fruit to taste.

Lansones - Lansium domesticum it’s binomial name, specie of fruit bearing tree belonging to Meliaceae family.  This sweet fruit contains a bitter taste seed which is not advisable to be eaten.

Jackfruit (Langka) - can weigh up to 100 pounds.  This round or sometimes oval shaped large fruit is very sweet and has edible seeds. Boiling the seeds of jackfruit will make it edible.

Makopa - the best way to eat makopa is when chilled and paired with salt.  It comes in a bright pink and red color.

Dalandan - It is commonly known as the local orange.   Dalandan is rich in Vitamin C.  More often the not because of its sour taste, Filipinos love to make juice out of dalandan.  It is so refreshing and tangy.

Sugar Apple - also known as sweetsop, sugar apple has shiny black seeds and a thick scaly skin but with sweet pulpy taste.

Sapodilla or Naseberry - the flavor of this sweet-yellow brown flesh is being compared to cotton candy or caramel.  In the Philippines, this is called as tsiko, the black seeds of this sweet delicious fruit should not be swallowed because it is inedible.

Star Apple (Caimeto) - this round, purple or greenish skin fruit has a juicy, sweet and superb flavor.  In addition, the greenish brown fruit has a thin rind and juicer whilst the purple fruit has a denser skin and texture.

Grapes - though grapes do not grow in the Philippines but it can be bought in almost every fruit stand in the country.

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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