Are you a fruit lover?
Well, yes, I am. One of my students shared her great love to Philippine fruits as well. So before she left going back to Japan, we went out and checked out the fruits we could see in market side which is located in front of food hubs. The market is known for a trading site for fresh beef meat and also fresh fruits and vegetables, many people also go here to shop and also eat. It’s a stop-over destination during lunch and dinner time because people also buy “pasalubongs” or souvenirs.
Here, we list the top fruits in the Philippines.
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As the national fruit of the country, mango (mangga) is one of the most significant fruit crop in the country. This sweet and tasty fruit is definitely a favorite, especially its common varieties such as carabao and champagne mango which are top fruit exports. These deliciously sweet mangoes are mostly found in Guimaras province.
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This red fruit that looks like the skin of a hedgehog on the outside has a fruit flesh that is of very pale pink color that gives a sweet taste. Known as the “Exotic fruit of Southeast Asia,” Rambutan is one of the juicy fruits that also bring good health benefits to the country.
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The lanzones fruit which originates from western Southeast Asia is also grown in Paete, Laguna. These fruits which look like small potatoes grow in clusters like grapes. The flesh tastes sweet and sometimes sour, and is known to be rich in Vitamin A. Inside some of the Lanzones segments are dark seeds. I’ve eaten a few with no ill effects as they are soft, but they are very bitter.
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Known as sugarsop, custard apple, or atis in the Philippines, this fruit is mostly grown in tropical regions like the Philippines. This round, green knobby fruit with a creamy white flesh has a custard-like flavor which is why it’s also called as custard apple. These fruits ripen in summer and are eaten fresh. It also has a sweet flavor which makes it tastier.
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If you’re a fan of sweet fruits, you’ll love chico. This brown round fruit is mostly grown in the tropics as well. This fruits is rich in Vitamins A and B and is also tagged as an energy fruit due to its sweetness as it contains much sugar. Chico is also known as Sapodilla or Chickoo in other countries. Due to its sweet taste, it is usually served with sherbet, in an ice cream, or it can also be served as fresh. This is one of the fruits in the Philippines that kids love to eat.
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Santol, or also known as the cottonfruit is also a favorite fruit in the Philippines. It has two varieties which are either yellow or red, which somehow resembles peaches. Its flesh is white which has a similar peachy taste and texture of apples. This juicy fruit has many uses such as in fighting diseases because it is rich with vitamins. It can also be used in cooking.
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“Smells like hell and tastes like heaven” would probably be an accurate description of what durian is. Very popular for its odor, Durian is also known to be one of the most popular fruits in the Philippines making Southern Mindanao known for producing such. Its soft creamy and pulpy taste is so flavorful and sweet. Its seeds can also be eaten and cooked. It’s also known to be expensive making it more worth the try.
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If there was a fruit that would remind you of most Filipinos’ childhood, it would be Aratiles. It is known in other countries as Jamaican or Singapore cherry. These small red cherry-like fruits resembling American cranberries have a sweet and juicy taste which is so easily eaten as it is found in neighborhood trees around the provinces. It grows with little to no care at all and one can just pick it up from a tree and eat it immediately.
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Soursop is also a known fruit in the Philippines that has many uses. It is called guyabano, a green fruit with barks that has a white fruit flesh with a sour and creamy flavor, like a combination of strawberry-coconut-banana. Its flesh can be used in making fruit shakes, tea, and flavorings. Guyabano leaves are sometimes being used in tenderizing meat.
Are you hungry yet? In the end, we didn’t buy all the top 9 list of fruits but just my student’s favorite fruits. Most of them are not available in the market but you can wait until its harvest time!
Sharing each other experiences, we had a great time. I have personally grown a lot in my knowledge of Japanese and other culture. Before teaching students, I only knew very general information about Japan and other countries. Gradually, talking with my students helped me grow not only in my skills in teaching, but also in understanding festivals, food, and culture and faith of the students.