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Fruits Found in the Philippines

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What are the fruits I can find in the Philippines?

What are the fruits I can find in the Philippines?

If you have 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 no doubt you will 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 the world." There are 350 to 400 million SMS sent daily in year 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.)

Feast your eyes on this list of Filipino fruits with photos along with their Tagalog words and pick the ones to challenge your taste buds to top off your Philippine travel adventure.

Carambola or starfruit

This star-shaped fruit is called balimbing in Filipino. The fruit usually has 5 ridges, thou there are balimbing or starfruit that has up to 7 ridges and turns yellow when ripe.

Some prefers eating the fruit with salt while some with bagoong which is made from fermented fish. The fruit turns yellow in color once ripe.

Starfruit (balimbing)

Starfruit (balimbing)

Annona squamosa

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.

Sugar-apple (atis)

Sugar-apple (atis)

Syzygium samarangense

Also known as Malay apple or curacao. Makopa is a bell-shaped fruit and is either green in color to red, purple and pink.

This fruit is crunchy and spongy. Some prefers eating it as it is or with salt.

Malay apple (makopa)

Malay apple (makopa)

Annona muricata

Known as soursop and is 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 is high in carbohydrates. This fruit is also called the natural cancer cell killer.

Soursop (Guyabano)

Soursop (Guyabano)

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.

Red mombin is crunchy and sour when eaten unripe but is good with salt. I like this fruit when it is just about to ripen and still green.

Red mombin (Siniguelas)

Red mombin (Siniguelas)

Durian is known for its unique odor and is known as King Of Fruits in Southeast Asia. To be honest, I hadn't been close to one to get a sniff of how strong the smell is as this fruit is known to have an overpowering odor and people find it offensive. Its husk is spiky or has this thorn-like skin just like jackfruit. And when it comes to size, the fruit is large in size.

The name of the fruit durian came from the Malay word duri which means thorn.

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Lansium domesticum

Lanzones is another fruit that is enjoyed in the country, an ovoid fruit that goes in clusters. But wait, the fruit doesn't come all year round so you'll have to wait for the months of September until November as lanzones is seasonal. The skin is leathery and yellow in color and the fruit's flesh is a combination of a sweet-sour taste so it is sweetest when picked from the tree.

Be aware though that lanzones has this sticky white sap with it when you peel off the yellow skin.

Lanzones

Lanzones

Nephelium lappaceum

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 prick you.

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Syzygium cumini

Jambul

Known as duhat in the country but is known in some other names such as java plum, jambola, damson plum, black plum and jambolan. Jambul tree bears small, fragrant flowers that develop into oblong fruits. While still young, the fruits are green in color that turns reddish, and later turns into crimson black when matured. The fruit is mildly sour and sweet at the same time. Duhat is often enjoyed with salt by Filipinos.

Black plum (Duhat)

Black plum (Duhat)

Averrhoa bilimbi

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 is green and sour in taste and is used as souring agent on some Filipino dishes. It can also be eaten raw with salt.

It is interesting as well that the fruit is used to get rid of stains. I had my share of watching my mom do the laundry using camias on her stained laundry.

Phyllantus acidus

Gooseberry

Karamay or bangkiling as it called in the Philippines is used in some Filipino dishes as a souring agent. This fruit somehow makes me think of green grapes as they look like clusters of grapes thou bangkiling fruit is much firmer.

 Karamay or bangkiling fruits.

Karamay or bangkiling fruits.

Sandoricum koetjape

Santol is another known and abundant fruit in Philippine markets once on season. The fruit is round and yellow. Young santol fruits are green and turns yellow when ripe. Some prefers 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.

Santol

Santol

Artocarpus heterophyllus

Jackfruit is called langka in Filipino. The young green fruit is used in Philippine cuisine and is usually cooked in coconut milk. The dish is called ginataang langka which means jackfruit cooked in coconut mik.

The ripe jackfruit, or langka is sweet and is one of the halo-halo (mix-mix) dessert ingredients.

Chrysophyllum caimito

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 a round green fruit that turns purple when ripe. How does the caimito tastes? Sweet and delicious.

Caimito/Kaymito/Kaimito

Caimito/Kaymito/Kaimito

Pithecellobium dulce

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 in the province of Oriental Mindoro where we settled after the Mount Pinatubo erupted.

Dillenia philippinensis

Catmon

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 kind of veins on top as you see on the photo.

Catmon

Catmon

Mangifera indica

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, chopped ginger and onion leaves with soy sauce or fish sauce.

Mango (Mangga)

Mango (Mangga)

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Pineapple is the only bromeliad that produces 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 which later turns yellow in color as it ripens.

Musa acuminata or Musa balbisiana

A common fruit, banana, known as saging in Filipino comes in different sizes and kinds but the Cavendish banana will be seen amongst markets and fruit stalls. Another kind is Lakatan banana which is one of the commonly seen bananas in the country aside from another kind of banana called saba (cardaba banana).

That sweet Filipino dessert or afternoon snack of banana wrapped with brown sugar and fried? It is made of saba banana. The saba banana has robust pseudostems and are very large compared to the musa acuminata banana.

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Carica papaya

Also called papaw or pawpaw it is known in the Philippines as papaya. The young green papaya fruit is used in Filipino cuisine. As the fruit ripens, it turns yellow in color. The mildly ripe papaya is ready to be eaten and some Pinoys prefers having it with vinegar and salt.

Papaya

Papaya

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Theobroma cacao

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.

Tamarindus indica

Tamarind which name means "Indian date" is from the Arabic word tamar hind. Tamarind is called sampalok in Filipino.

Sampalok is a pod-like fruit, the young fruit is color green and turns brown as it ripens. The young leaves and young fruits is also used in Filipino recipes such as the sinigang which is a soured dish of either meat or fish.

Pouteria Campechiana

Chesa, one of the fruits back in my childhood with memories of the fruits just falling off the trees once ripe, cracking up open. The oval shaped fruit is yellow and has a chalky texture.

Other names the fruit is known for are chessa, canistel fruit and tiesa. It is also called egg fruit and is rich in vitamin A. But why is it called egg fruit? Because of the similarity of the flesh texture to that of a hard-boiled egg yolk.

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.

Psidium guajava

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 in cooking the Filipino dish sinigang.

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Comments

Rio Alonzo R. Baldo on October 09, 2020:

So.. I discovered this small apple look fruit in our backyard(not really) so I just got top at the roof and I saw this apple like fruit it is small and color green or pink when I tasted it it's so sweet and has another flavour on it that I can't tell it's like a fruit salad milk flavour What is this Fruit's Name?I've been searching for this for about 1week can't stop thinking

It's a fruit usually seen in visayan islands

Crisologo Ramasasa on August 28, 2018:

There are still lots of Philippine wild berries to be included here, like: Tamalanglang. igot, barilahay all in waray waray dialect.

Joe Holton on December 24, 2017:

I had once dated a Filipino girl and she used to boil a red fruit, and it would turn out like a very sweet Kool-Aid. What is this fruit?

ML on December 05, 2016:

I would have enjoyed or wanted to really enjoy your article because it is full of good and useful information. Oh, and the nostalgia!!! Instead I was irritated because of the poor writing (numerous grammatical errors). I had to skip the text after a while and just enjoy the photos.

I'm sorry to write this, but you could really use an editor. Can I help? I'm qualified, but mostly, I care that the wonderful information you want to share widely comes across as a credible reference source.

Clarisse on January 20, 2016:

Hello I would like to know where you can find Karamay?

Flor on October 25, 2015:

Almost all fruits listed are grown in Lucena, Quezon and Laguna.

nelzont on August 05, 2015:

How about the marang or the Artocarpus odoratissimus

precy anza (author) from USA on March 12, 2015:

Hi OdracirRodavlas :)

I haven't tried the fruit Anonas. Thanks for mentioning it. Will do some reading about the fruit. And would be added on the list.

OdracirRodavlas on January 20, 2015:

How about Anonas.

It is a fruit with the sweetness of Atis and the pulp of guyabano.

You should all try it. THE BEST.

precy anza (author) from USA on November 12, 2014:

@ JM Meliton

Hi, apologized for being 2 months late here. I don't know thou where you can find catmon in the Mindanao area. Maybe ask locals, I would like to see or try it myself too, looks interesting.

precy anza (author) from USA on November 12, 2014:

@mataripis

Wow, thanks for the additional info. I haven't heard the galo before, I would try Google it and see how it looks like. Or hopefully a friend knows about it :)

JM Meliton on September 07, 2014:

Where I can buy the catmon tree here in mindanao

mataripis on September 04, 2014:

mangga in Cavite upland has another name. paho' for big variety and Pahutan for small sweet one. Kamias is Kalamias.Tyesa is Atyyesa. Makopa I know has smaller type called Tambis in Bisaya.wild cashew is balubad. Galo a wild plant bear green round fruits, once boiled can be eaten like castanyas but this is forgotten plant in upland cavite. ALPAY the local lychee can be found wild in ALFONSO.Antipolo is wild tree with original name. Tipulo means with tips, an or on is article the, on the pulo or an the pulo.

precy anza (author) from USA on March 30, 2014:

@ Rodel:

Hi :) I haven't heard about serowel fruit. And I couldn't find any other names of it online. And you got me interested. Can you send me a photo kung meronnitong serowel sa area nyo? :) You can send it on my Facebook, just search precy anza. Baka nakakita na ako ng prutas na to kaya lang sa ibang pangalan.

precy anza (author) from USA on March 30, 2014:

@ Promdi:

Gooseberry, karamay or caramay. Maasim asim daw sabi ng mama ko. Sabi naman ng uncle ko, kaka upload lang nya ng caramay photos sa Facebook at hinog na, hindi naman daw maasim. Depende rin siguro kung gaano kahinog. :)

Ung catmon di ko pa rin natikman. At di ko matandaan kong nakatikim na ko ng Antipolo fruit :)

precy anza (author) from USA on March 30, 2014:

@ Vicente Condo:

Hi, I think I heard about this fruit before. But I can't remember if I had seen or tasted it. I can't find if it's still in existence. I had read from Market Manila site, that it is also called "sinuso" and "ungali" in Dumaguete.

You got me interested more about this fruit. And good news for you, YES it is still in existence. I came into a blog with susong kalabaw photos from last year, 2013. You can see the photos on from Sylvia's blog in Wordpress. I had included the link to her blog above.

Rodel on March 22, 2014:

Hi. There' s a fruit in my place in batangas we call it serowel. Idont know what its called in other places. Mukha po syang cherry pero deep red ang kulay pag hinog tpos kelangan nyo pa pisil pisilin at palambutin bago kainin. Alam nyo po ba ano to sa ingles or any other name in your place? Thanks

promdi on February 03, 2014:

nakalimutan ko na yung lasa ng gooseberry....yung catmon di ko pa natikman....nakatikim kanaba ng antipolo fruit

rew on January 07, 2014:

awwewe

vicente condo on November 27, 2013:

A fruit i tasted in the mountains of Angono,Rizal seems to have gone extinct.i only know it as susong kalabaw.it has velvety red skin,the size of lanzones.we squeeze the meat into our mouths.the seeds are crunchy and edible too. Could you find out if it still exists? Thank you.

precy anza (author) from USA on July 26, 2013:

Thanks Tastiger04! :) Now that you mentioned about the starfruit, me too. :) Reading your comment, I just realized I haven't seen one too for a long time. I now can't even remember the last time I had a tasty bite of this fruit ^-^' Thanks for stopping by!

tastiger04 on July 17, 2013:

Wow, it's been a long time since I've seen a photo of a starfruit! I miss them....the rest look delicious! Voted up and interesting :)

precy anza (author) from USA on March 05, 2013:

@ Iguidenetwork:

Both are pod-like shape but camatchile wasn't related to the tamarind. And they taste different, not even close (for me.) :) Between the two, I like tamarind better, maybe because I was more into the sweet-sour taste of the tamarind. I love tamarind, even the candies! Also unlike tamarind, ripe camatchile cracks up open, revealing the white to red,sweet flesh and the seeds. I know some that really enjoys the camatchile fruit, but not me, it's sweet but taste like dry.

With the other fruits, if you like lychee, you probably gonna like the rambutan fruit. :)

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on March 05, 2013:

I've loved banana, guava, and papaya and ripe jackfruit are ok. I also tasted to tamarind candy and liked it. I haven't tried many of the fruits mentioned there though.

Are camatchile and tamarind related, or practically taste the same (but of course with a little difference)? They almost look like one another.

Thanks for the informative hub, and pictures are awesome

Voted up and interesting. :)

precy anza (author) from USA on January 27, 2013:

Hi Danyale:

Yeah, I haven't seen a single kamatchile fruit in Or. Mindoro. Maybe on some parts there is, but on where we had lived, not a single tree. And when I think about kamatchile, it reminds me of my childhood back in Zambales with this kamatchile trees on the roadside. :) I could just imagine them right now, for somehow I missed them. So where you from Zambales? We are from San Marcelino, from my mothers side. ^-^'

precy anza (author) from USA on January 27, 2013:

@ Yuji:

I had read catmon can be found in Laguna. But I'm pretty sure there are other provinces where it can be found. Looks interesting huh?! I would love to try that fruit too as I don't remember trying one. :)

Danyale on January 07, 2013:

@Yuji: Catmon fruit or Catmon tree can be found along the banks of sapa or creek sa bukid or even ilog. it is actually a huge tree bearing this fruit and being on the banks of waterways, fruits is all year round, doon sa province namin, zambales meron nito. However, sa tingin ko, anywhere sa PHL meron nito. Itong nasa photo ay ang actual fruit kapag binalatan mo na siya, ang balat nito ay may resemblance sa brussels sprouts or artichoke. Catmon fruit is tangy and sour.

Danyale on January 07, 2013:

Strange it may seem, i am bit surprise that back in Or. Mindoro, PHL (where your family settled after Mt. Pinatubo eruption), that you hardly seen a single kamatchile tree. Here in saudi arabia, this kamatchile tree are plentiful, however, according to accounts of old-timer ofw's here, locals or saudis have no idea that this lowly fruit-bearing tree, its fruit can be eaten and it is edible for human consumption, hence, they let these fruits to rot, fell down or eaten by wild birds. But alas, when pinoys start collecting these fruits, they were amazed that this fruit is indeed edible. Nowadays, you can hardly seen riped kamatchile fuits hanging on its trees, instead, you will find them in bakalas/baqala (sari sari store), fruit stand or sometimes in supermarket fruit section. By the way, glad to know that you are a zambaleno as i am a zambaleno too, maabig a' awlo (sambali) ....meaning...good day.

Yuji on December 21, 2012:

san lugar s pinas meron nung catmon ndi ko pa xa nakain

precy anza (author) from USA on April 22, 2012:

And all are delicious. I missed having the rambutan of all these fruits ^.^'

Louie Jay Doronio on April 22, 2012:

I tasted all of that fruit! Coz im a filipino

precy anza (author) from USA on March 02, 2012:

Thanks Sgbrown. I would love to read your adventure when that day arrives. :) Rambutan and soursop are two of the fruits I'm missing to have right now. ^.^'

precy anza (author) from USA on March 02, 2012:

Rambutan is actually one of the fruits I like. :) Those reddish hairy skin are soft and the inside is very similar to lychee. It's sweet and juicy :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 01, 2012:

Very interesting hub! I have never heard of most of these fruits. I would love to try some of them. Maybe some day I can travel to the Philippines. Very good information, voted up and interesting! Thank you for sharing this! :)

Ann Leung from San Jose, California on February 16, 2012:

Very interesting list of fruits. For all the fruits you listed here, I've only tried starfruit, pineapple and guava. I've seen Rambutan before and wondered how it tasted. But its hairy skin scared me away.