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12 Vitamin-rich Exotic Fruits From the Philippines (and Other Tropical Areas)

by nobert soloria bermosa on 24/09/08 at 10:49 am

A dozen of mouthwatering tropical fruits that are rich sources of vitamin C and ascorbic acids and will provide you other health benefits as well.

As we all know, vitamins C and ascorbic acid are very important to our health. They help our body fight diseases; these fruits keep our skin beautiful, our teeth stronger, and many other health benefits.

Some of these exotic fruits from the Philippines (and other tropical areas) are now becoming rare, so when you see them in the market – don’t think twice to buy these fruits because you may never have the chance to see and taste them again. After all, these fruits are very rich in vitamin C and ascorbic acid.

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Here’s a list of exotic fruits which are considered good sources of vitamins (if not the best).

Yantok (Calamus manillensis)

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Yantok is a fruit that is not as popular as mangoes and bananas. This exotic fruit is from a vine locally called “yantok” (a variety of rattan) found in jungle forest areas but it is now actually raised in small plantations for commercial sale. It is one of the sourest fruits in the world. You will not like the acidic taste of yantok the first time you taste it, but one thing is sure, you’ll crave for its unusual taste later. These fruits are available in the market from August to October.

Guava (Psidium guajava)

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Guavas were once very abundant in many places in the Philippines, but due to the rapid growth of the country’s population, their habitats have been cleared for residential purposes that resulted to its scarcity. Guava which is known by the name “bayabas” in the Philippines is one of the best sources of vitamin C and ascorbic acid. It is richer than calamansi or citrus fruit in vitamin C content.Native to Mexico and Central America, northern South America, parts of the Caribbean and some parts of North Africa, it is now cultivated throughout the tropics.

Bignay (Antidesma bunius)

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Lauren Axelrod

Sep 24th, 2008

Funny looking fruits. I like the tamarind fruit. It has so many uses besides just being edible. Great piece Norbert

Bozsi Rose

Sep 24th, 2008

I’m a little scared to try one or two! Great article.

Unofre Pili

Sep 24th, 2008

I like them all. Nice post bro.

C. Jordan

Sep 24th, 2008

Rare? Over here in the UK I think I’ve only ever seen the cashew nut!

Karen N

Sep 24th, 2008

Great article.
I’d really like to try some of those fruits:)

Judy Sheldon

Sep 24th, 2008

I have eaten tamarind in NY. We used to make it into a drink in the blender. Yum!

Thank you for sharing these interesting fruits with us.

Darlene McFarlane

Sep 24th, 2008

I really enjoyed this article. I have never heard of most of the fruits you mention here. They look interesting.

Loreta Dorington

Sep 24th, 2008

This is a very mouth-watering article. Yummy. Thanks.

PR Mace

Sep 25th, 2008

What an interesting article. I wonder why I am craving a apple.

KJS

Sep 26th, 2008

Oh wow. I need to go back to the Philippines during the season where they have fruits, but I went during June, when it was over.

Mike

Oct 1st, 2008

I’m from the Philippines and I tasted all of the fruits said here all of them are delicious but one fruit I really dislike is the Cashew fruit, it’s like eating a crayon.

Great Article Though

~Mike of http://www.1000reasons.co.nr

RicRAmp

Oct 11th, 2008

Great info!
I have tasted all of these fruits and they are really all great… I was salivating while reading this article.
You forgot one of my favorites: MANGOSTEEN!
Well, you have durian as well.
Dalandan in our town is “sunkist” or the local citrus fruit smaller than the pomelo and bigger than a calamansi.
The dalandan you posted is “Balingbing” to us. Its closest relative is “Iba”.

nobert soloria bermosa

Oct 19th, 2008

hi there CLK,thanks for that,though i have no intention at all to offense anybody else – i’ll have it deleted.

bloated cow

Oct 19th, 2008

Well I’m from the Philippines too… and from what I know that fruit you called dalandan/carambola is called balimbing :D Dalandan in my knowledge is a citrus fruit, very much like an orange, but with green skin :D

jelly ace

Oct 21st, 2008

i love philippines,,,it’s beautiful

joy

Oct 24th, 2008

wow thanks for sharing. we have soo many of those fruits in St.Lucia (in the Caribbean)the Pomelo though we call shadet (not to sure that’s how its spelt but that’s how its pronounced)

Trinigirl

Oct 25th, 2008

I’m a native of Trinidad in the Caribbean and its interesting the different names of several of the fruit. Some you don’t even know we have in Trinidad.

Sineguelas: known in Trinidad as Governor Plums or just plums are absolutely divine!!!

Dalandan or Carambola: Also called Five Fingers or Star Fruit…I’m not particularly fond of because of the acidity but its very popular.

Tamarind: or as we say Tambran is also pretty popular but more for its use in making Tambran balls which is just the Tamarind mixed with sugar and spices (mmmmm soooo good!!!)

Soursop is the same and I had a tree in my yard, its odd that you should mention eating the fruit because no one in Trinidad does that mostly the fruit is mixed with milk and spices to make Soursop Drink (which is like heaven or ambrosia or….god i need to go home and get some…..its just sooooo good!)

andykamatis

Mar 16th, 2009

Carambola or Star Fruit’s local name is Balimbing. Dalandan belongs to the family of easy-peel oranges like the Ponkan.

Juancav

Aug 12th, 2009

I wish try these rare fruits some day.

Chris Stonecipher

Aug 13th, 2009

Is the yantok more sour than a lemon? I would love to try all of these fruits.

bing

Aug 17th, 2009

may i ask something about those i am searching about the vitamins found in calamansi why those picture does not shows picture about calamansi im not very happy with those!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

Tony Catilo

Aug 23rd, 2009

Philippines is famous for its tropical fruits. A truly gift from God.

JandJ

Sep 4th, 2009

I’m from Philippines too. and I’m agree that Dalandan is belong to Citrus family but had a green skin. My husband and I called it “Green Orange” It was Balimbing or Garangan in Negros Occ. that you called Dalandan. I am pretty much familiar of all the fruits you’ve mentioned. I like them all. Cashew is the best for me I missed it so much. I like Duhat or Lumboy too and bugnay in Negros, Guyabano or Babana (Soursop). I love them all. I mised Philippine Fruits so much.

Thank you for sharing…

chenkay

Sep 26th, 2009

I just want to ask, how can I get santol, guava,tamarind ,duhat,suha, and lanzones from california? can you tell me where can I buy those fruits. thanks for your article.

amy Yu. dua

Dec 14th, 2009

I ate all those fruits when I was a kid back when we were still living in the province. When I went to college and settled in the city I started missing those fruits especially yantuk (calamus manillensis) we called it fruits of rattan. I felt sad that a lot of tropical fruits now days were disappearing. I don’t think that it was because of the climate but our lack of interest to replant the trees.

I now live in a foreign land (USA) but someday I will truly go back there to live for good. I plan to plant all the fruit trees that are becoming rare.

Norma Bacani

Dec 23rd, 2009

I would like to order duhat, sineguelas,santol, lanzones and guyabano to plant in my backyard.

Do you ship in California?

ann

Jan 10th, 2010

do you know a fruit by the name of cheska? it’s orange and it is quite fleshy. it’s quite rare. do you have any information about it?

nobert soloria bermosa

Jan 10th, 2010

hi Ann..the fruit you are referring to is the “Tiyesa” or eggfruit… copy-paste the link below on your toolbar for a picture and more info about this fruit

http://www.bukisa.com/articles/39398_12-exotic-tropical-fruits-how-many-of-these-have-you-tasted

Pio M. Sian, M.D.

Mar 21st, 2010

Hi:
A few things, Dalandan IS orange; the reason it stays green in the Phils is because they never get frost as we do in Fl
Everyone who sees my Kalamansi always comments on the size..I let them grow to its potential!. They are picked too soon
in the native land. I don’t believe Kalamansi is a hybrid of Kumquat and Mandarins. They are still what they are..And No
Filipino should call it by any other name., e.g. Philippine lemons, Lemoncito etc. We don’t give any other name to “Sushi”, do we?. There is sweet fruit just like Kalamansi
called Clementines from Spain, There is a similar fruit in Pinas
from China.
Governor’s plum is Bitungol in Tagalog or Serali in Ilonggo,It is smaller than Siniguelas (Ciruela)
Tiesa or eggfruit is called Canistel in Fl.
I heard about Fl mangoes (Tommy Atkins) , colorful import
I don’t know what for, as the best mangoes comes from here.
Pinagttiagaan na lang yun dahil walang Carabao or Guimaras
mango. sa Fl. We come here to get them.
The “apple” portion of the Cashew will make your mouth pucker, and the seed shell contains strong resin thatcan burn skin. A Pinoy MD, patented it to burn warts and some skin cancers.Thank You.
Dr. Sian

christian lloyd

Apr 10th, 2010

lahat nagng yan ay masarap kahit maasim in english all of this is delicilous if its sour taste. hindi lahat yan ay meron d2 sa philippines meron din sa ibat ibang continent na tropical like africa

enaxor

Apr 18th, 2010

i’m just curious about the good effect and bad effect of santol….what would be the effect if we’re gonna make santol as a pickled delicacy…is it possible?

ruth calulo

Sep 1st, 2010

am a health fanatic, what i read i shared with my friends and officemates. actually, i’ve tasted all these fruits, we have a lot of them here in the philippines with the exemption of bignay which I considered a rare one now. South Cotabato, situated in the southern part of Mindanao is called the fruit bowl of the philippines. . we are fortunate enough fruits in the backyards and plenty of fruits for sale at a very low price. .. . . go healthy, eat a lot at least 5 fruits a day before meal. . . not after meals.

ruth calulo

Sep 1st, 2010

am a health fanatic, what i read i shared with my friends and officemates. actually, i\’ve tasted all these fruits, we have a lot of them here in the philippines with the exemption of bignay which I considered a rare one now. South Cotabato, situated in the southern part of Mindanao is called the fruit bowl of the philippines. . we are fortunate enough fruits in the backyards and plenty of fruits for sale at a very low price. .. . . go healthy, eat a lot at least 5 fruits a day before meal. . . not after meals.

jill rech

Sep 13th, 2010

nice! but i didn’t like the other fruits? its just a picture ……………………………….. but its so beautiful to see……………….

and i have my question do you have any vitamins that can be seen in the santol ????????????????????????????…….<<<<<<

Gil Bonilla

Oct 11th, 2010

Hello to all,

Nice postings you got. I’m from Burgos, Pangasinan and I would like to find out where to buy fruit trees that I can plant. Some of the trees I’m looking for are Makapuno, Yantok, Rambutan, Mangosteen, Cheeries, Dragon Fruit, Chico, Jack Fruit, Santol, and Apple Mango. I’ve heard that there was a College of Forestry in University of the Philippines and Central Luzon State University. Does anybody know if they sell these fruit tress over there?
When I was young, there was a coconut that we ate including the shell and was locally called taban (in ilocano). Our sineguelas (sarguelas) come in different colors – purple, yellow and green – yummy! Good day you all.

Benie Mejia

Nov 17th, 2010

I have a tree in my yard in Baguio City that produces a yellow berry like fuits w/c I could not identify up to now. I have shown the fruits to some locals & still they could not give me the name of the fruit.It seems that it is very rare since it is also my first time to see this kind of fruit & I live in the Phil. all my life.
I tried looking at the internet but there was nothing similar to this fruit in my yard.The fruits are colored bright yellow, smaller than the siniguelas & the fruit is sour & a little sweet.They are in small clusters
I wish someone out there could identify it for me.
Help !

PIO M. SIAN, MD

Dec 23rd, 2010

SPAIN WITH ITS 250 YEAR GALLEON TRADE BETWEEN MANILA AND ACAPULCO, MEX, BROUGHT MOST TROPICAL PLANTS FROM THE NEW WORLD THAT MOST FILIPINOS THINK THEY ARE NATIVE THERE, START WITH, MAIZE (CORN), CAMOTE,
PEANUTS, MOST CHILI AND BEANS (FRIJOLES), THEN THE FRUITS THAT HAVE ADAPTED WELL TO THE ISLANDS. MOST
FRUITS LIKE CHICO (MANILKARA ZAPOTA) OR ZAPODILLA IN
LATIN AMERICA. PINEAPPLE FROM BRAZIL, PAPAYA, ATIS, ANONAS, GUYABANA (GUYABANO), GUAVAS, EGG FRUIT OR
CANISTEL IN SPANISH ALSO CALLED TIESA IN PINAS. AVOCADO, AMONG THE BEST HEART FOOD IS LARGELY BELITTLED IN THE PHILS.,
ON THE OTHER SIDE, SPAIN BROUGHT OUR BANANAS, MANGO, LANKA THAT SOME LATIN AMERICANS BELIEVE
NATIVE IN THEIR HOMELANDS.
CARABAO MANGO (MANGO FILIPINO IN MEXICO, OR MANILA
MANGO IN CUBA) TASTES DIFFERENTLY FROM OURS. MAYBE 400 YEARS WITH DIFFERENT SOIL MICRONUTRIENT CONTENT
MADE IT DIFFERENT.
SAME STORY WITH PHILIPPINE LAKATAN AND JAMAICAN
LAKATAN (BANANAS BROUGHT BY THE BRITISH).

danilo escleto

May 24th, 2011

simple correct sir. the picture of dalandan or carambola is starfruit or balimbing

LANZONES,INDIAN MANGGO,ORANGRE

Mar 19th, 2012

I LOVE PHILIPPES BECAUSE THE PEOLE IS IDUSTRIOUS AND THEY FRUIT IS SO NICE WE LOVE YOU PHILIPPINES

Paul Ian Ceazar Pesimo

May 13th, 2012

NICE YUMMY…

Rommie V. Pacana

May 23rd, 2012

The PHILIPPINES is so blessed with a wide varieties of tropical fruits as well as semi-temperate ones that thrives well in the highlands of Luzon and Mindanao. These fruits do not only satisfy the palate, quench the thirst and supply the human body with the required vitamins, minerals and other nutrients but are also with medicinal values to address health problems.

Cricket Fan

May 16th, 2013

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