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Filipino Food: The Fruits of the Philippines

  • Sinturis citrus fruits
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    A native Tagalog word for the citrus fruit known widely by the Spanish-derived name dalanghita.

  • Calamansi Fruits Sliced into Halves
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    Calamansi is the citrus fruit of the Philippines! It’s very round and fairly small… In fact, one can’t think of a smaller-sized citrus fruit… Hmm… Calamansi juice cleanse, anyone?

  • Kaong
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    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.

  • buli
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    Photo of Buli Fruits by Mildred Cruz.

    Also known as silag or budyawi.

  • Baguio strawberries. Photo by Angie Pastor.
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    Photo of Baguio strawberries by Angie Pastor.

    Do strawberries even grow in such a hot tropical country like the Philippines? Yes, in the high-altitude mountainous regions of the island of Luzon! The city of Baguio is particularly famous for strawberries and strawberry products, such as jam.

  • Guyabano
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    The Filipino name for this fruit comes from the Spanish guanábana.

  • Pile of Jicama (Singkamas)
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    Singkamas is known as jicama to most non-Filipinos in the United States.

  • Atis Fruit on Tree Branch
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    Custard apple, sweetsop, sugar-apple…

    Atis is a very popular fruit in the Philippines, as well as in other Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand.

  • Guimaras mangoes
    Guimaras Mangoes
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    Photo of Guimaras mangoes still waiting to become fully ripe.

    * Guimaras is the name of an island province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region.

  • Kaimito
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    Photos by Grace S.

    The caimito is a purple-skinned, white-fleshed fruit of the tree with the scientific name Chrysophyllum cainito. It is native to Central America and was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. Star apple is its given name in English.

  • dayap fruits
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    Dayap is the key lime familiar to Westerners, though few know that it’s actually a native plant of Southeast Asia.

    Scientific name: Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle.

  • pieces of jackfruit
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    Langka or Nangka is the Tagalog word for “jackfruit.” It’s the largest fruit that grows on a tree! See the other photo!

  • Peeled Saba Bananas
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    Photo by Toyang Noresa of peeled saba bananas

    Sabá is a cooking variety of banana having the scientific name Musa saba. It has been called cardava, cardaba or kardaba in English and other languages. The Indonesians call it pisang kepok. The sabá is much fatter and starchier than the typical table banana.

  • Mangosteen Fruits
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    A popular fruit in the Philippines, associated with the Davao area in Mindanao… now in a bottled drink?

  • Carabao Mangoes (Manggang Kalabaw )
    Carabao Mangoes (Manggang Kalabaw)
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    The most common variety of mango in the Philippines is what Americans refer to as champagne mango. It’s been called Manila mango, Ataulfo mango (named after its Mexican grower) and Honey mango. Filipinos call it manggang kalabaw (carabao mango) while the Philippine government refers to it as ‘Manila Super Mango.’

  • bignay
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    These fruits have been called Queensland cherries, Philippine wild cherries, Philippine blackberries, and tree currants.