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Fruits Found in the Philippines
If you had been to the Philippines, surely you had tasted some of these fruits. But don't limit your adventure to island hopping alone, give your taste buds the adventure it needs as well with these 24 fruits on the list as you will surely find the one you will crave for.
Here is a list of fruits that can be found in the Philippines. Some of these can only be found in certain Philippine provinces.
And for some interesting facts:
* Philippines is surrounded by water and has more than 7,107 islands and islets.
* Philippines national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal can speak 20 foreign languages.
* The only country that displays its flag upside down when in war. The red on top and blue on the bottom.
* The Philippines is considered as the "text capital of world." There are 350 to 400 million SMS sent daily in 2006.
* Lolong , the largest crocodile has been caught in the Philippines. Lolong is 2,369 lbs. and is 21 ft. long (6.4 meter long.)
Let's get on with the fruits of The Pearl of the Orient Seas and the Tagalog words for each.
Carambola or starfruit
This star-shaped fruit is called balimbing in Tagalog. The fruit usually has 5 ridges, thou there are balimbing that has up to 7 ridges and turns yellow when ripe.
Some prefers eating the fruit with salt, some with bagoong which is made from fermented fish. The fruit turns yellow in color once ripe.
Sweet sop or sugar-apple, is called atis in the Philippines. This evergreen fruit has a lumpy skin and the fruit's flesh is sweet.
In some countries, sweet sop is also known or called as custard apple.
Also known as Malay apple or curacao. Makopa is a bell-shaped fruit and is either green in color to red, purple and pink.
The makopa, I remember having on my childhood days is green and turns in red color as it ripens. This fruit is crunchy and spongy. Some prefers eating it as it is or with salt.
Known as soursop. Called as guyabano in the Philippines is one of my favorite fruits. The fruit is green and has some resemblance with jackfruit with its spiky skin.
Soursop or guyabano is rich in vitamin C, B1 and B2, and high in carbohydrates. This fruit is also called the natural cancer cell killer.
Red Mombin (spondias purpurea) fruit has quite a few common names such as jocote, hog plum, spanish plum, sineguela and in the Philippines this green fruit that turns reddish in color when ripe is called siniguelas.
This fruit is crunchy and sour when eaten unripe but is good with salt. I like this fruit when it is just about to be ripe and still green.
Have you tasted any of the fruits?
Durian is known in the Philippines for its unique odor. To be honest, I hadn't been close to one to smell it but this fruit is known to have an overpowering odor and people find it offensive. Its husk is spiky or has this thorn-like skin.
Its name came from the Malay word duri which means thorn.
Up To Read The Legend Of The Durian?
- The Legend Of Durian Fruit
The durian fruit has been known for its unpleasant odor. Well, some might disagree with that as there are those who find the smell appealing. I haven't tasted one but I'm intrigued on how strong the odor is. I know some couldn't take the smell,...
Lanzones, another fruit that is enjoyed in the country is an ovoid fruit that goes in clusters. The skin is leathery and yellow in color and the fruits flesh is a combination of sweet-sour taste.
Lanzones fruit also has this sticky white sap with it when you peel the yellow skin. And I was always reminded as a young kid to not let it get into my clothes.
Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits. The inside of it when opened is similar to lychee. And the red skin is spiky thou the spikes are soft and won't stick you.
Up for an interesting fact about the fruit? Its name means "hairy " and is derived from the Malay word rambutan.
Up For The Legend Of This Hairy Fruit?
- The Legend Of Rambutan
Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, this unusual, tropical fruit is loved by those who had tasted this fruit. And with the outer, hairy covering that could deter you from trying has a legend behind it.
Known as duhat in the country has few other common names such as java plum, jambola, damson plum, black plum, jambolan . Duhat tree bears small, fragrant flowers that develops into oblong fruits. The young fruits start in green, then reddish, and later turns into crimson black when matured. The fruit is mildly sour and sweet at the same time.
One childhood memory I have with this fruit is the fun of our tongue turning purple in color as we eat the fruit.
Cucumber tree is also known on some other common names such as tree sorrel and bilimbi. In the Philippines it is called camias or kamyas.
Camias fruit is green and sour in taste and is use as souring agent on some Filipino dishes. It can also be eaten raw with salt.
This is one of the trees I use to see near my grandma's house and it just amuses me finding those green camias fruits hanging on the tree. My mom also uses the camias to rid of stains on her laundry by rubbing the inside of the fruit into the stain, giving it few minutes to penetrate the stain.
Karamay or bangkiling as it called in the Philippines is use in some Filipino dishes as a souring agent. This fruit somehow makes me think of green grapes as they look like clusters of grapes to me thou bangkiling fruit is much firmer.
Santol is another known and abundant fruit in Philippine markets once on season. The fruit is round, young santol fruits are green and turns yellow when ripe. Some prefer opening the fruit and just eat the milky, pulpy flesh. And there are some (including me) that prefers peeling off the outer skin and eat the rest of it (excluding the brown seeds.)
Santol fruit is either sweet or sour.
Known as kaymito or kaimito in the country. This fruit also has numerous names such as milk fruit, star apple, golden leaf tree, abiaba, du lait, and cainito.
The flowers of caimito has a fragrant smell that develops into round green fruits that turns purple when ripe. The fruit is sweet and delicious and is one of the fruits that I grew up with.
Jackfruit is called langka in Tagalog. The young green fruit is use in Philippine cuisine and one recipe that goes with it is the "jackfruit with coconut milk" and the dish is called ginataang langka .
The ripe jackfruit, or langka is sweet and is one of the halo-halo (mix-mix) dessert ingredients.
Known as kamatsili , or kamatsile in the Philippines. Some also spells the name sa camatchile or camachele. The English for it? monkeypod as kamatsili is a long pod-like fruit and turns reddish when ripe, cracks open and reveals the edible white flesh.
I used to passed by some camachile trees in the province of Zambales where I was born. But hadn't seen a single tree on the province of Oriental Mindoro where we settled after the Mount Pinatubo erupted.
The pulpy fruit itself has the same color like lanzones fruit when peeled. What I found attractive about the catmon fruit is the slanting sections of it and the reddish kinda veins on top as you see on the photo.
Mango, known as mangga is one of the delicious tropical fruits that is enjoyed in the country.
Mangoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds and in pre-biotic dietary fiber. The green fruit is also use in making dip sauce along with tomatoes, ginger, and onion leaves with soy sauce or fish sauce.
The Legend Of The Mango Fruit
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Mango
Sour when green and sweet when ripe. Mangoes are one of the common fruits we all enjoy and love. And there's a legend that goes about the shape of this fruit.
Pineapple is the only bromeliad that produce edible fruit. Bromeliad plants are epiphytic plants that have stiff, rosette, fleshy leaves.
The young pineapple fruit appears to be reddish in color and turns green as it develops. Later on as it ripe, turns yellow in color.
Musa acuminata or Musa balbisiana
Banana is called saging in the Philippines and they come in variety of sizes.
Up for an interesting fact? Banana is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. And the banana is always mistaken as a tree.
There's also the saba banana (cardaba banana) that aside from being eaten raw when ripe, is also use on cooking favorite Filipino desserts such as maruya, halo-halo and turon. The saba banana has robust pseudostems and are very large compared to the musa acuminata banana.
Also called papaw or pawpaw. But in the Philippines is also called papaya. The young green papaya fruit is use in Filipino cuisine. As the fruit ripe, it turns yellow in color. The mildly ripe papaya is ready to be eaten and back in the Philippines, we usually enjoy it with vinegar and salt.
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- The Legend of Papaya
Have you tasted a papaya fruit? Sweet and refreshing isn't it? Because of a loving mother, the papaya came into existence, according to this legend.
Coca bean or cacao bean. Has fairly soft large seeds and has sweet mucilaginous pulps. When ripening, cacao would be yellowish in color and reddish to dark red.
Tamarind which name means "Indian date" is from the Arabic word tamar hind. Tamarind is called sampalok in Tagalog language.
Sampalok is a pod-like fruit, the young fruit is color green and turns brown as it ripe. The young leaves and young fruits is also use on Filipino recipes such as the sinigang.
Chesa, one of the fruits back in my childhood. Most memories of this yellow fruit with me is its oval shape, and the rich yellow fruit that has a chalky texture. Also the chessa, tiesa, or canistel fruit just falls from the chesa tree and would crack up open, the skin is soft and can be peeled off with hands.
Canistel, or tiesa fruit is also called egg fruit, rich in vitamin A. Also one thing I wouldn't forget about this fruit is the dry, mouthfeel I get. Imagine eating a boiled potato, maybe a sweet potato, either way, with a different kind of sweetness. My mom would encourage me to eat chessa back then every time we received some from a relative wit ha tree, but I, wasn't fond of it.
But why is it called eggfruit?
That is because of the similarity of the flesh texture to that of a hard-boiled egg yolk.
Guava, is a tropical evergreen shrub and is another fruit that is usually seen available in the country. Guava fruit is known or called as bayabas in the Philippines. And what you get when you eat the fruit? Immune boosters, anti-aging, and cancer prevention agents such as flavonoid compounds, antioxidant, vitamins and minerals.
I grew up seeing guava trees and picking and eating the fruits just before nap time in the afternoon. The green matured fruits are good with vinegar with a pinch of salt. The ripe yellow fruits are also use on Filipino cooking as in the sinigang .
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