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Filipino Food: The Fruits of the Philippines

  • Kaong
    Posted in: Fruits

    Kaong is the fruit of the sugar palm tree whose scientific name is Arenga pinnata. Translucently white in color and chewy in texture, the cute-sized fruits of the kaong are a popular ingredient in haluhalo, together with macapuno and nata de coco.

  • Large Slices of Watermelon
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    Slices of Pakwan (Watermelon). Photo by Angie Pastor. Pakwan is the Tagalog word for watermelon. The most common variety of watermelon in the Philippines is round and has a rind whose outer surface is a very dark green.

  • Filipino Mangoes
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    Mangoes are the most esteemed of Philippine fruits — the carabao variety more than the piko.

    In selecting mangoes, one should look for those with firm, fully rounded cheeks, without bruises or black spots.

  • Philippine Papaya Tree with Green Fruits
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    Philippine Papaya Tree with Green Fruits. This plant’s scientific name is Carica papaya. Paano mag-imbak o magmatamis ng papaya? Talupan ang hinog na papaya. Biyakin at alisin ang mga buto at hugasan sa malamig na tubig. Hiwain alinsunod sa kagustuhang laki. Ilagay sa garapon at busan ng arnibal. Pakuluan nang 25 minuto. More descriptive photos […]

  • Kamias Fruit Cluster on Tree
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    Also spelled as kamiyas, kamyas or camias.

    Very sour, kamias is the fruit of the tree with the scientific name Averrhoa bilimbi. It’s been called “tree cucumber.”

  • Duhat (Philippine Fruit)
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    Duhat is a local Philippine fruit that’s commonly referred to as Java plum. It is dark purple to black in color, fleshy and one-seeded, with a sweet-astringent taste.

  • Dalandan o Dalanghita?
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    Photo by Angie Pastor.

    Scientific name of dalandan: Citrus aurantium.

    To compare, the similar-looking dalanghita has the scientific name Citrus nobilis.

  • Chico Fruit Seed
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    Tsiko is the brown fruit known as sapodilla in English.

  • Alatiris
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    Scientific name: Muntingia calabura Variations on spelling: aratilis, aratiles, aratalis, alatiris A tree whose individual fruits resemble American cranberries, which are from shrubs. The aratiles fruit is known in other countries as Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, Singapore cherry, bolaina yamanaza, cacaniqua, capulín blanco, nigua, niguito, memizo, or memiso. Residents of Pampanga province in the Philippines […]

  • Sinturis citrus fruits
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    Sinturis is a native Tagalog word for the citrus fruit known widely by the Spanish-derived name dalanghita. The usage occurs mostly in the province of Batangas, a bulwark of “deep” Tagalog words. The scientific name of the sinturis plant is Citrus nobilis. Spelling variations: sintones, sintunis

  • Green Indian Mangoes in the Philippines
    Indian Mangoes
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    Green Indian Mangoes in the Philippines. Photo by Angie Pastor. In the Philippines, these plumper, stouter mangoes are sliced up and then eaten with salt. Very crunchy! More photos and information to be uploaded after the website upgrade. Please check back!