Fruits You will Find in the Philippines

The Philippines is blessed with a tropical climate that makes it possible to grow the most delicious exotic fruits on this side of the globe. The fruits that are harvested are high-quality no wonder the global demand for tropical fruits is increasing. If you happen to be in the Philippine in your next travel make sure to try the following fruits and be amazed at how tasty they are.



The mango, locally called manga, is yellowish when ripe which catches the eyes, it has a fragrant smell, and it tastes sweet. No wonder it is the national fruit of the Philippines. It earned the distinction of being recorded as the sweetest fruit in the 1995 Guinness Book of records. You’ll love eating unripe green mangoes paired with shrimp paste, bagoong.



It is an Indonesian word which means hairy because the fruit does look hairy on the outside like the skin of a hedgehog. It is green when unripe and turns red when ripe. The flesh on the inside is white and it tastes sweet like lychee.



It is pear-shaped fruit rich in potassium that helps lower cholesterol level. Mix it with sugar, milk, and ice for a smoothie. It is a versatile fruit that blends well with many foods like sandwiches, salads, and dips.



In case you don’t know, Lanzones came from the Tagalog word “lason” which means poison because they first thought that this was poisonous. Fortunately, those who ate this fruit were not poisoned and discovered that it was sweet and delicious.



The durian is a fruit that smells like hell but tastes sweet like heaven. It smells bad but after surviving the initial odor you’ll get to the flesh of the fruit which is sweet and creamy. It is regarded as the “King of all Tropical Fruits” and is a multipurpose fruit that can be transformed into candied sweets, ice cream, and cakes.


Sugar apple

Also called sugarsop, custard apple, or “atis” in the Philippines. It takes an effort to eat this fruit because there are lots of seed but it is very sweet and creamy. The flesh is white and creamy and resembles and tastes like custard.


Star apple

It is locally called “kaimito” and is colored green or violet on the outside. When ripe, the fleshy part has a jello and marshmallow hybrid texture set in thin milky sweet juice.



In other countries, this is called Chickoo or Sapodilla, it secretes an aroma compared to beer. Don’t let this fool you ‘coz the taste is exceptionally sweet with a malty flavor.



It is locally called guyabano, a green fruit with thorn-like barks protruding from its outer cover and a white flesh with a sweet and sour creamy flavor. The leaves can be used in tenderizing meat and locals also believe that it has medicinal qualities that can cure ailments when boiled and gulped.



Also called “saging” in the Philippines, it is regarded as a complete food which is rich in potassium. For those who are trying to quit smoking, banana consumption will help you in coping with nicotine withdrawal.



Or “sampaloc” in Tagalog, is a wonder food with a lots of benefit like weight loss, cures acne, and it is good for your health. It is used a souring agent in the Filipinos fav soup dish, the Sinigang,or taken as candy.

The mentioned Philippine fruits are just a teaser actually there are still more but you might suffer from a bum stomach after trying them out. Rest a bit and try the rest afterward.

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