Philippine Fruits to Try When Visiting the Country in September

by • September 1, 2016 • Off the Beaten PathComments (0)848

There can be a lot of reasons why you should visit the Philippines, and one of them would definitely be the delicious fruits that you can find during your holiday. If you have planned to take such a trip on September, then you will have the chance to taste the following fruits that will be ripe for the season.

  • Guava (Bayabas)

    Guava Photo by: Mgmoscatello/Wikimedia Commons

    Guava Photo by: Mgmoscatello/Wikimedia Commons

Green on the outside and almost white in the inside, with seeds that can also be eaten, you can compare this fruit, with a very light sweet taste, to the common pear. Guava is considered to be a healthy fruit rich in vitamin C, and you can find it just anywhere in the country.

  • Durian

    Durian Photo by: Lisana1979/Wikimedia Commons

    Durian Photo by: Lisana1979/Wikimedia Commons

Considered as the king of all tropical fruit, the big and heavy durian is popular in Davao. Underneath its skin that consists of big, hard and sharp spines, there is the sweet flesh that you can enjoy, though the smell might be to pungent for you. This fruit is said to be high in proteins, fats and minerals. While it is one of the most expensive fruits in the country, you will find out that its good taste is definitely worth your money.

  • Lanzones

    Lanzones Photo by: Obsidian Soul/Wikimedia Commons

    Lanzones Photo by: Obsidian Soul/Wikimedia Commons

The yellowish skin of this small sweet fruit is easy to peel, revealing a segmented translucent flesh inside. Its taste is almost akin to that of a grapefruit, though it is not overflowing with juice. The best known spot for the sweetest lanzones in the country is Camiguin, which tourists visit just to get a taste of it. The fruit itself is not heavy at all and very refreshing.

  • Velvet Apple (Mabolo)

    Velvet Apple Photo by: Thaumaturgist/Wikimedia Commons

    Velvet Apple Photo by: Thaumaturgist/Wikimedia Commons

This fruit can be found almost anywhere in the country, distributed widely in primary and secondary forests in regions situated at low and medium altitudes. It is usually eaten fresh out of hand, but some people use it as an ingredient in salads and desserts, contributing a sweet, but quite dry, taste.

  • Banana (Saging)

    Banana Photo by: ZooFari/Wikimedia Commons

    Banana Photo by: ZooFari/Wikimedia Commons

While there are bananas found in other countries, the Philippine bananas, which come in multiple varieties, can be considered as the best in the world. They differ in color, size and taste, where there are those that are not sweet merely used in cooking and those that are really sweet and tasteful.

  • Pomegranate (Granada)

    Pomegranate Photo by: Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons

    Pomegranate Photo by: Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons

Locals call pomegranates “granada”, following the Spanish term for it. These fruits have a sweet taste, and you can combine it with other sweet food items, like honey and crumbled ginger snaps, to create a taste that is pleasing to the palate. These fruits are expensive to buy in Manila, but you can find them sold at cheap prices in Divisoria.

  • Sour Sop Fruit (Guyabano)

    Sour Sop Photo by: Flixtey/Wikimedia Commons

    Sour Sop Photo by: Flixtey/Wikimedia Commons

This fruit was first introduced to the Philippines from Mexico during the time the Spanish colonized the country. It is very popular across the country today—popular enough that its juice is sold in tetra-paks.

While on a vacation in the Philippines during the month of September, do not miss the opportunity to try these tasty fruits!

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