5 MOST POPULAR PHILIPPINE FRUITS
More than its wonderful sights to see, the Philippines is also a place for food discoveries. The tropical climate and lush resources are a perfect setting for abundant fruit harvests. So if you are in the country or plan to visit sometime soon, here are popular fruits your taste buds can delight in.
Top on the list is the famous Philippine mangoes, hailed as the national fruit of the country. This succulently sweet fruit crop grows plentifully in the province of Guimaras and Cebu. The well-loved varieties are the Carabao mango, also known as the Manila mangoes, and the Champagne mangoes or Ataulfo mangoes. The export of both variations remains to be a growing market even today. Though mangoes are available all year round, the harvest season is usually abundant around March to June. This kidney-shaped fruit has the perfect juicy sweetness and aroma you won’t be able to get enough of. It has that kind of sweetness that melts in your mouth.
If you’re fond of the sweet and tangy flavor, you might want to try the lanzones fruit. It tastes quite sour when not yet fully ripe, much like a grapefruit. The yellow-skinned fruit looks like baby potatoes and grows in grape-like clusters. This refreshing fruit has segmented translucent flesh and dark seeds. It is easy to peel. However, it does leave a bit of a sticky feel on the fingers. Lanzones are grown mostly in the Southern Tagalog area, particularly in Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon. It is also cultivated in Camiguin, the Sulu, and areas of Davao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte. Lanzones are harvested from August to December.
Dubbed as the world’s most foul-smelling fruit, durian is a definite must-try when you want to have a memorable Filipino food experience. When you buy this fruit in the market, locals will tell you that the stronger the smell, the better the taste. But to make up for the stinky pungent smell is its sweet, savory, and custardy taste. Its texture is similar to a creamy cheesecake. The fruit’s flavor is often attributed to caramel and vanilla; you can have a burst of combined flavors in a single bite. Durian fruit trees are cultivated almost exclusively in Davao, Cotabato area, Sulu, and Agusan regions. No wonder Mindanao is also known as the “Durian Republic” of the country.
Many people are familiar with this red hairy fruit. The bright red color tells you that the fruit is ripe and sweet. Rambutan got its name from the Malay word rambut, which means hairy. Rambutan has a single seed and has soft, translucent, whitish flesh. The texture is somewhat like that of grapes or cherry and is likened to the sweet taste of lychee. Rambutan is in season yearly from August to October, widely produced in Southern parts of Luzon but is now well-cultivated in many parts of the country.
Jackfruit or langka in Filipino is an all-time local favorite and is considered the largest tree-born fruit. Its size can grow to as much as two feet long and weigh as much as 18kg. The jackfruit tree can be grown even in one’s backyard. The unripe fruit is often cooked with coconut milk and served as a local viand. The ripe fruit can be eaten raw but is also used as an ingredient in many local desserts. It is also made into sweet preserves or dried fruit snacks; ripe jackfruit has a sweet taste, having the flavors of apples and bananas combined. There are two main kinds of jackfruit in the country. The first one is the Sinaba, which has thick flesh and small seeds, while the other is called Tinumbaga that has thinner flesh, a stronger odor, and is sweeter than the first kind. Jackfruits are abundant during March to May months. i
These popular Philippine fruits make the mark of having exotic and unique fruit flavors. These tropical fruit crops are a sure hit to anyone’s fruit cravings.