A lot of Filipinos know the health advantages of eating fruits and vegetables. You see fruits available in the Mall markets, wet markets and even little stalls along the roads. They will be bought for a snack, to be brought home or eaten as a refresher as they are just walking long. Fruits are a popular gift if visiting and is traditional at holidays. Bowls of fresh fruits will be out when friend or family members are visiting.
The nice thing is Filipinos are heath conscience where it comes to fruits and they eat them regularly. Because of the low potassium in their diets Filipinos eat a lot of bananas. They are grown in abundance here and are not expensive. I like the way they make Banana-Q, they coat with sugar and fry them and sold on a stick. It is a common afternoon snack.
Some are known to us from our home countries and some are a local variety. A lot has been mentioned about Durian. For me I do not care for it, but that is not the only local fruit I will not partake. There is Jackfruit and Marang. For me Marang smells worse than Durian. I know many enjoy it and that is fine, just don’t ask me to try it, the smell is bad enough. I have never tired Jackfruit either, I was told I would not like it and I will follow that advice.
Some of the local fruits I have tried and enjoy are Mangosten, Rumbatan and Lanzones. These you break open and eat the meat that surrounds the seed. I have a little trouble eating them since my front teeth are part of a bridge and they pop out.
There is pamelos which is a large citrus fruit. To me you taste the citrus but no distinct flavor.
Of course there are mangos, grapes, different varieties of oranges, papaya, guava, pineapples, melons, Fuji apples and many varieties of banana. In some of the upper scale markets in malls you can find more imported fruits but the price reflects the importation.
Lemons are available but I do not know if grown locally. I have not seen limes. One common and widely used is calamansi. It is small 25-35 mm in diameter and has a sour taste. It is used squeezed into recipes, over foods or mixed with soy sauce. There is also a hot calamansi drink or cold and sweetened.
I apologize if I leave some out, and you can comment and tell me about them.