Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Top 20 Best Fruits Native in the Philippines That Are Particularly Abundant

Most of the fruits included on this list are from fruit trees.

Located in the tropical region, the Philippines has several mouthwatering and deliciously nutritious fruits. Different tropical fruits from all over the country are harvested all-year round.

1.) Mangga

  • Mango is the National fruit of the Philippines
  • Mango is Vitamins A&C rich tropical fruit
  • It is one of the country’s major export product
  • Major Producers: Guimaras, Cebu, Zambales and Davao

2.) Lanzones

  • Lanzones is endemic to Southeast Asia
  • The annual Lanzones Festival is held in Guimaras
  • A latexless variety is now available
  • Major Producers:
  • Guimaras, Laguna,Batangas, Quezon, Butuan and Cagayan De Oro

3.) Pinya

  • Pinya or Pineapple is one of the healthiest fruits in the world.
  • Two of the largest pineapple plantations in the world are located in the Philippines.
  • This fruit is good for diabetics.
  • Major Producers: Nueva Vizcaya, Bukidnon

4.) Durian

  • Durian is regarded as the King of All Tropical Fruits
  • It is endemic to Southeast Asia
  • The fruit is considered an aphrodisiac by some
  • Durian is made into candied sweets, ice cream and cakes
  • Major Producer: Davao provinces

4.) Pakwan

  • Watermelon is a juicy, sweet and crunchy fruit
  • Pakwan is a vitamin A rich fruit
  • Major producers are provinces in Central Luzon and other provinces in the country

6.) Langka

  • Jackfruit or Langka is endemic to Asia
  • Langka is the world’s largest tree-born fruit
  • It is eaten raw or made into jam 

  • Add as ingredient for halo-halo, turon and ginataan
  • A latexless variety was developed in Zambales
  • Major Producers
  • Zambales, Isabela, Quirino and CAR

7.) Rambutan

  • This energy-giving fruit is native to Southeast Asia
  • It’s a unique-looking hairy fruit
  • Major Producers
  • Laguna, Batangas, Nueva Vizcaya, Mindoro, Panay Island and parts of Mindanao

8.) Avocado

  • This potassium-rich pear-shaped fruit helps lowers cholesterol levels
  • It is used in salads, ice cream and other desserts
  • Major Producers:
  • Provinces of Cordillera Autonomous Region,Region II

9.) Atis

  • Sugar Apple or Atis is a very sweet fruit.
  • It can be found anywhere else in the country.

10.) Chico

  • Chico was introduced to the Philippines by the Spaniards.
  • It is endemic to Mexico.
  • It can be found anywhere else in the archipelago.

11.) Santol

  • It is a popular summer fruit that can be eaten raw or made into marmalade and jam.
  • It can be found all throughout the country.

12.) Kaimito

  • Kaimito or Star Apple is a very sweet and delicious tropical fruit.
  • It was named for its star-shaped flower and cross-section cut.
  • It is grown in the entire Philippines.

13.) Melon

  • Melon or Muskmelon is Cucumis melo
  • It is eaten raw or added to salad
  • It is blended as a juice drinks
  • It is cultivated in many parts of the Philippines

14.) Suha

  • It is known as Pomelo in English or Citrus maxima
  • The most popular species in the Philippines is the seedless species of Davao.
  • Suha is the largest citrus fruit and is native in Southeast Asia.
  • Pomelo is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white (or, more rarely, pink or red) flesh.
  • It is grown in the entire archipelago
  • Major producer: Davao provinces

15.) Dalanghita

  • Dalanghita is a species of Citrus
  • It is widely cultivated in the Philippines
  • Major producers: Nueva Vizcaya, Quezon,Aurora

16.) Coconut

  • Coconut is known as the tree of life
  • It bears healthy and delicious fruit
  • Philippines is the largest producer of coconut in the world.
  • It is grown anywhere else in the country
  • Major producers, Aurora, Quezon, Pangasinan,Visayas and Mindanao

17.) Banana

  • Banana is one of the healthiest fruits
  • It is very rich in potassium
  • It is regarded as a complete food
  • It is one of the country’s leading export products
  • It is available in different colors such as yellow, red, purple
  • Major producers: Quirino, Isabela, Davao

18.) Kalamansi

  • Kalamansi is Citrofortunella microcarpa
  • It is also known as Calamondin
  • This vitamin C rich citrus is grown nationwide

19.) Guyabano

  • Guyabano is Soursop in English or Annona muricata
  • It is one of the most delectable Philippine fruits
  • It was introduced in the country during the Spanish regime
  • It can be found in the different parts of the Philippines

20.) Bayabas

  • Guavas were among the most abundant fruit in the country
  • Thousands of guava trees were cut-down in the past years for rice planting
  • Guavas are vitamin C rich fruit
  • It is grown in the entire country

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These delectable fruits are nutritious and healthy...

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Sam Miner said...

hi, nice info... although the majority of these fruits are not actually native to the philippines. Unless by native you mean able to grow there...

Silvia Jacinto said...

Eating is really one of my hobby i mean part of my life and cooking is my passion. I also love going to a place and at the same time taste their delicious and most wanted food.I want to taste something that is new to my palate. Thanks for sharing your article with us.

cerverg said...

I don't want to disappoint all pinays but very few of these are actually really native to PH.

for example:

1) Mango is native to India only

3) Pineapple is native to South America (Brazil and Paraguay)

4) Durian is native to south Indonesia but let's say it's native to PH as well..

5) Watermelon ? come on... it's African fruit (soutern Africa to be more specific)

6) Jackfruit it's native to Indea but it's been grown for so long (let's say it's already native)

7) Rambutan - most likely it is native to Borneo island

8) Avocado is native to South Central Mexico

9) Sugar Apple - Central America and South America

10) Chico (sapote) or Sapodilla - Mexico

11) Santol - West (Mainland) Malaysia

12) Star Apple - Caribbean islands

13) Melon - South west Africa

14) Pomelo - all citrus plants are native to India but to be fare this hybrid is probably created somewhere in South-east Asia

15) Dalanghita same but this probably is more PH thing than the Pomelo

16) Coconut - that's a hard one most likely it's native to Columbia but it spread itself quite well so it's really hard to say where exactly it's native

17) Banana - Papua New Guinea (most likely) but there are many native species that were either later domesticated or hybridized

18) Kalamansi - all citrus plants are native to India but to be fare this hybrid is probably created somewhere in South-east Asia or PH

19) Soursop - tropical Americas

20) Guava - tropical Americas

Tanvi Dubal said...

Good one

Lane Lindz said...

Who cares the origins are... Those trees grows in the Philippines and abundantly. They have Filipino distinctive taste .. I'm sure they taste different depending what type of soil the trees grew. These are the fruits that grows in the Philippines therefore they are Filipino trees

Maria Cristina Farrukh said...

I agree with you. They have been part of our table. We see all of them in our markets. We grew up with these fruits so they'really OURS! :-)

AV Cadangen said...

Sooooo..... these fruits are not native to the Philippines? That is like saying Filipinos are not native to the Philippines because homo sapiens came out of Africa.

TheClockworks said...

Lane Luditz, most exotic trees not native to the Philippines create more damage during typhoons!

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Unknown said...

Can I have their scientific names? I really need it

Unknown said...

Wow someones trying to ve smarty pants

Aurora Schaefer said...

They may not be native to the Philippines but the taste differ from the origin. I compared already the taste of Philippine Fruits with those from other countries. The Phil. Fruits taste sweet>sour and juicy . If not too sweet it has a bit of sourly taste. It's difficult to explain but one can try differentiating from the rest. This is
probably because of the Weather and the Soil. There is one kind though that I have not seen in other Fruit Stalls in Phil. Cities and other countries. The Phil. Blackberries growing only in some parts.I tasted this in Guiuan and Salcedo, Eastern Samar. The local name is "IGOT".

Genaro Boquinquito Jr. said...

Our country is a desert it is why nothing grows here.

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Jerry said...

The title says "native." Most of those fruits are not of native trees/shrubs. Therefore, the title is inappropriate and misleading.

@AV Cadangen, for clarification check the meanings of "native," "indigenous," "endemic" and "exotic."