1p Egg Fruit (Pouteria
campechiana) Chesa - Singles (300,000)
5p Philippine Wild Berry (Rollinia
deliciosa) Sapinit - Singles (500,000)
12p Grapes (Vitis vinifera) - Singles -
17p Calamansi (Citrofortunella mitis) - Singles
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Popular Fruits of the Philippines
EGG FRUIT (Pouteria camphechiana).
The Canistel or Egg Fruit is quite a common fruit in the
Philippines where many other fruits of South American origin can
also be found, no doubt introduced by the Spanish in the old days.
In the Philippines it is
called Tiessa or Tisa or Chesa. The
canistel grows up to 10 meters (33 ft) high, and produces
orange-yellow fruit, also called yellow sapote, up to 7 centimeters
(2.8 in) long, which are edible raw. Canistel flesh is sweet, with a
texture often compared to that of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its
colloquial name "eggfruit".
SAPINIT: PHILIPPINE WILD RASPBERRY.
Sapinit is a shrub that has prickly stem, thereby identifying
it with the rose family and making it a raspberry rather than a
strawberry. Its fruit has bright red-orange color that
accounts for its phytochemical richness. It has sweet-sour-bitter
taste that makes for its uniqueness.
Sapinit has many health benefits.
According to a phytochemical
analysis done by the Industrial Technology Development Institute and
the University of the Philippines Los Banos-Biotech, Sapinit is rich
in anti-cancer phytochemicals including leucoanthocyanins,
anthraquinones, saponins, deoxysugars, free fatty acids,
hydrolysable tannins (inhibitors of HIV duplication), unsaturated
steroids, and benzopyrone nucleus.
An important function of anthraquinones is it inhibits formation of
Tau aggregates and dissolved paired helical filaments thought to be
critical to the development of Alzheimerís disease.
GRAPES (Vinis Vinifera).
Grapes can be grown in the Philippines. This has been proven in
Arevalo, Iloilo, La Union and Cebu (where they have been growing
grapes since 1950). There are many known varieties.
Grapes like loose, deep soil with a ph lower than 5, so
the application of lime helps. It is also good to put decomposed
leaves around the plant to conserve the soil moisture. Grapes like
terrain that is somewhat sloping so as not to lodge water and hurt
the roots. Grapes need
plenty of sunshine (not shade) and good circulation of air to avoid
the onset of disease. Within ten (10) to 12 months after planting,
grapes are ready for harvest.
CALAMANSI (Citrofortunelia mitis).
Calamansi (spelled kalamansi in native Tagalog) is a small,
very round citrus fruit thatís ubiquitous in the Philippines. The
fruits are often used when the thin rind is still green on the
outside, and that is the color associated with it.
Kalamansi is a smooth and slightly spiny plant, growing to a
height of 3 to 5 meters. Leaflets are elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 4
to 8 centimeters long. Petioles are very narrowly or scarcely
winged, about 1 centimeter long.
Fruit is yellow when ripe. The skin or peel is green to
yellowish green or yellow, loosely adhering to the flesh. The flesh
contains a few light orange seeds.