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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, no doubt you've tasted some of these fruits on the list. Don't limit your adventure to island hopping alone, give your taste buds the adventure it needs while in the Philippines and discover that fruit you will crave for out of this 24 on the list.

Here are the 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.

* The national hero of the Philippines Dr. Jose Rizal can speak 20 foreign languages.

* The Philippines is 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.)

Now, feast your eyes on these fruits that can be found in the Philippines. I included the Filipino/Tagalog names of these fruits as you may want to learn their names in Filipino/Tagalog.

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

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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.

The Legend of the King of Fruits — 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,...

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.

Up for an interesting fact about the fruit? Its name means "hairy " and is derived from the Malay word rambutan.

The Legend of Rambutan

  • The Legend Of Rambutan
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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.