10 in-season fruits in the Philippines during Summer

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED April 11, 2018 02:10 pm | UPDATED April 11, 2018 02:31 pm

(Inside Manila) Now that it's officially the start of summer, expect a rise in temperature all over the country. The dry season is also the best time to try some in-season fruits during summer that are simply delicious and thirst quenchers. Not to mention cheaper because of its harvest abundance during this climate.


Below are few of the in-season fruits in the Philippines, so you can buy fruitfully without breaking your budget.


Watermelon (Pakwan)


This green round shape fruit is one of the stars during summer for its watery consistency, sweet and refreshing taste during the summer. Its best served chilled.





 


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In the Philippines, watermelon has two types; the regular red watermelon and the yellow watermelon which is equally satisfying.


Coconut (Buko)


Like watermelon, coconut is one of the sought-after fruits during this season. The fruit is gloriously abundant in the country and with its many benefits not just from the fruit but also the tree itself, it was dubbed as the "Tree of Life".





The coconut fruit can be used for countless sweet and savory dishes: coconut juice, coconut shake, fruit salad, and stewed dishes.


Mango (Mangga)


Mango in the Philippines can be called as the "epitome of Summer" as the tropical fruit is the most served and incorporated into summer treats all the time. Mango shakes, mango sweet desserts or just simply eating it raw is already a refreshing experience.





 


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Its unripe version, the green mango, is also a commodity during summer. Unripe mango is best paired with salty anchovies (bagoong).


Pineapple (Pinya)


Pineapple is another tropical fruit popular during this climate. With its sweet-sour taste, you wouldn't mind the "burning" sensation it does when you eat many.





 


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The fruit is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants that boost the immune system and helps indigestion.


Banana (Saging)


This curved yellow fruit is another summer favorite, its appearances and sizes differ in countries where they are grown. In the Philippines, the Lakatan banana is the most popular.





A classic shake, paired with either chocolate or peanut butter, made into a bread, mixed in with other fruits are just some of the things you can do with bananas.


Jackfruit (Langka)


This large tree-borne fruit is popularly eaten raw in the Philippines. Jackfruit is also commonly mixed in another Filipino merienda, "turon", along with a Saba banana. In some countries, jackfruit is boiled, dried, added in soups, turned into chips, jams and ice cream.





 


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Papaya


According to reports, Papaya is also known as the "Angel of Fruits" for its sweet taste and creamy flesh. Ripe or unripe, the fruit is well loved in a Filipinos' dining table.





 


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Dalandan


"The Philippine orange" or commonly known as Dalandan is another sweet orange species that grows abundantly here in the country. It's acidic yet sweet taste can be eaten raw (with salt on the side to balance it out) or juiced for a thirst quenching drink.





 


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Durian


Durian is greatly known across the world for its unique odor; nonetheless the "King of Fruits" is sought after during humid temperatures because of its sweet taste and health benefits.





Chiko


Sapodilla popularly known as Chiko is another tropical fruit in line with mango, banana, and jackfruit. Its physical appearance may not be the most pleasing fruit in comparison with other known tropical fruits but it's ripe taste—a sweet and smooth taste with grainy texture definitely makes up for it.





 


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