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Pakwan

Large Slices of Watermelon

Slices of Pakwan (Watermelon). Photo by Angie Pastor.

Pakwan is the Tagalog word for watermelon.

The most widely seen variety of watermelon in the Philippines is round and has a rind whose outer surface is a very dark green. In recent decades, the striped variety that is familiar to Westerners has become more common, particularly in urban areas like Metro Manila.

Scientific name: Citrullus lanatus

Salted buto ng pakwan (watermelon seeds) are an addictive snack that’s a favorite of Filipinos everywhere. 😛

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