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Calamansi, Why Are You So Sour?
At first, my intention is to write about the benefits and the uses of this wonder fruit, the Calamansi. But I guess everyone is pretty aware of its benefits especially on our skin, on our foods and on our health. So what else is there to write on Calamansi? Something that is out of the blue and very unique.
Well, I’m here with nothing to write. If that so, I guess I will have to end this article right now. But hey, wait! I know. What about I’ll tell you why the Calamansi is sour? Is it really sour since time immemorial?
Every place has its own version of legends why the fruit is green or why it is sour. Let me tell you our own original legend that happened a long time ago when fairies and elves still roam the world.
At the heart of a very beautiful land, you can find all the fruit trees living in peace. This land was guarded by a lovely queen fairy so as to maintain the serenity and the balance of the enchanted world. The Calamansi, at that time was not sour but rather the sweetest fruit in the garden and the biggest one.
Due to his loveliness and sweetness, he mocked other fruits especially the others who are not sweet and big. He loves to tease the berries for their size and the other citrus fruits and pomelos for their sour taste.
“I am the sweetest fruit in this garden and no one else. I am the king of the fruits,” he would brag to others. The other sour fruits always hide in tears and pray to the guardian queen fairy to get them out of the watchful eye of Calamansi. So one day their prayers were answered. The queen fairy came to their rescue.
“Calamansi, why are you so mean to them?” the fairy asked.
“Oh your highness, I wasn’t mean. It wasn’t my fault that I’m big and the sweetest fruit here in the garden.” He answered and laughed looking at the berries and other fruits.
The fairy queen raised her wand and say “From now on, you will become small and you will be the sourest fruit in the garden. What you did is brag and put down the other fruits around you. After this, you will feel exactly what they feel every time you laugh at them.”
Then she disappeared.
The Calamansi found himself turned into a small fruit and became the sourest fruit in the garden. Every day, he calls for the queen to turn him back into what he used to be but the fairy had disappeared.
Be thankful for who you are and do not ever belittle the people around you if you think you are hundred steps above them. Life is not permanent. It changes as time goes by.
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