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2017, March 14.  Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 13.5

Singles,  Sheets of  100 (1p, 3, 5p);  Sheets of 50 (100p)




     1p  Egg Fruit - Singles  (3,300,000) 

     3p  Wild Sweet SOP - Singles  (3,300,000)

     5p  Philippine Wild Raspberry - Singles  (6,250,000)

100p  Dragon Fruit - Singles  (900,000)



Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro



First Day Covers:  Manila





EGG FRUIT (Pouteria campechiana). Known as chesa or " Tiessa" in the vernacular, the fruit is yellowish and pulpy that looks like a boiled egg yolk. A fully mature fruit shows an intense yellow skin color. The chesa has many medicinal uses. Its seeds are used as cure for ulcer. Decoction prepared from its bark can cure fever and skin diseases. Its fruit aids in skin regeneration. Rich in carotenoids, chesa can fight cancer.

WILD SWEET SOP (Rollinia deliciosa).  A specie of flowering plant in the custard-apple family, Annonaceae, native to tropical South America. It is cultivated for its edible fruits, commonly known as "biriba" or wild sugar apple. The fruit is large, conical, green when unripe, ripening to yellow. Its surface is covered with soft spine which bruise and blacken when handling. The fruit pulp is very soft and sweet, tasting somewhat like a lemon meringue pie. Some chefs have used it for cooking, and wine has been made out of its fruits pulp.

PHILIPPINE WILD RASPBERRY (Rubus rosifolius).  Also called Sapinit, it is endemic to province of Quezon, Laguna, Palawan and some parts of Mindanao. Sapinit is a type of shrub that typically grows in Mt. Banahaw. The fruit has a bright red-orange color with a distinct bitter-sour-sweet taste and a hairy receptacle. Sapinit has beneficial effects in fighting cancer and other diseases like Alzheimer's. It can also be made into products like jam, juice and wines.

DRAGON FRUIT (Hylocereus undatus).  Also called Pitahaya, it refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus. It has red-skinned fruit with 4 white flesh. It has    sour and refreshing taste. It is known as a cleansing fruit and has many health benefits. It is popular among diabetic for its blood-glucose controlling properties. It is also a source of antioxidants, fiber, omega 3s and minerals. The propagation of dragon fruit started in the northern part of the Philippines in the late 2000's and has grown into a promising industry.





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