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The santol
by Marketman - July 1, 2011 - 12:00am
Believed to have originated in Indochina, near Cambodia or thereabouts, according to researchers at Purdue University, the Malay term for the fruit is “sentul,” hence our own name “santol”...
The pili fruit and nut
by Marketman - June 24, 2011 - 12:00am
Both the pili fruit and nut are wonderful, and relatively unknown outside of the Bicol region. The fruit or pulp, a hairy conglomeration of mildly flavored fiber, is enjoyed almost as a vegetable, dipped in guinamos...
The avocado
by Marketman - June 17, 2011 - 12:00am
As a child, I wondered why my mother appeared to be fascinated by the fruit, serving it often when it was in season. It turns out that avocadoes thrived in the province of Bohol, where she spent her formative years,...
by Marketman - June 10, 2011 - 12:00am
There are dozens of varieties of mangoes now growing all over the archipelago, but perhaps the most common varieties that I enjoy are the carabao mangoes, Indian mangoes and apple mangoes. This summer, there has...
The passion fruit or pasionaria
by Marketman - June 3, 2011 - 12:00am
Amazing what a catchy name will do for your popularity. Naive that I am sometimes, I thought the name "passion fruit" was coined because the fruit ignited one's libido or acted as some sort of aphrodisiac....
The melon
by Marketman - May 27, 2011 - 12:00am
“Melon” or cantaloupes started hitting the local markets almost a month ago, slightly earlier than usual, and many of them sweeter and more flavorful. It must have been the monthlong spell of hot dry...
The balimbing
by Marketman - May 20, 2011 - 12:01am
This wasn’t a common fruit in my childhood, for the sole reason that we didn’t have a balimbing tree in our backyard; but friends would occasionally send some over, or we used to pick them straight...
The kamachile
by Marketman - May 13, 2011 - 12:01am
A native of Mexico and Central America, kamachile were brought to the islands during the Spanish era. Birds love the fruit and I think they are responsible for propagating the tree all over the archipelago. From...
The makopa
by Marketman - May 6, 2011 - 12:00am
Makopa or syzygium malacenssis are also known as Malay apples, and are indigenous to the Malay peninsula. They (and other closely related species syzygium aqueum and syzygium samarangense) were brought by the...
The paho
by Marketman - April 29, 2011 - 12:01am
Often mistaken as little “baby” mangoes, paho are a distinct fruit species, Mangifera altissima Blanco, believed to be indigenous to the Philippines and also found in some parts of Indonesia and Papua...
The caimito fruit
by Marketman - April 22, 2011 - 12:01am
Caimito must have made a terrific impression early on, because the tree found its way into many backyards by the 1950s, providing not only an attractive shade tree with two-toned colored leaves, but the fleshy...
Fruit passion
by Marketman - April 15, 2011 - 12:00am
Museums around the world are stocked with still life paintings of fruits and food from at least the last seven centuries. Art students and masters alike seem to find incredible inspiration in a few pieces of...
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