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Batwan

batwan fruits

These batwan fruits are used as souring agents in Ilonggo cuisine.

Whereas the non-Visayans of the Philippines commonly use tamarind and even kamias and guavas to sour their sinigang, the Ilonggos use batwan.

Also spelled batuan.

Scientific name: Garcinia binucao

Batwan trees can be found all over the Western Visayas regions, particularly the two Negros provinces and Iloilo.

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Have never tried using these… because they’re simply not seen outside the Visayas.