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Fruits

Filipino Food: The Fruits of the Philippines

  • buli
    Buli
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    Photo of Buli Fruits by Mildred Cruz.

    Also known as silag or budyawi.

  • Calamansi Fruits Sliced into Halves
    Calamansi
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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
    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.

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

  • Guyabano
    Guyabano
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    Soursop.

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

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

  • Atis Fruit on Tree Branch
    Atis
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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
    Caimito
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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
    Dayap
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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
    Langka
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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!