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Papaya

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The papaya has a long shape like a pear and can have a yellow or orange color when ripe. Each fruit may have a weight of about one pound to even more than 3 kilo! The length can be 75 to 500 mm. The shape of papaya can differ from a rather long to a rather round shape. It is very rich in vitamin  A en C. 

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Pineapple

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Pineapple, try it if you are thirsty and if you want to eat something which is good for your health! The taste is not too juicy or too sweet, just nice. Many Filipinos will eat this fruit in the way like they eat (unripe) mango or other fruit: with a bit salt. Pineapple is very rich in vitamin C. 

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Rambutan

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Rambutan fruit has a thick skin that is covered with fine, short hairs. It's a small fruit, not bigger than the size of a hen's egg. Inside is a small seed covered with half transparent flesh. The color of rambutan is red or yellow. The fruit has a soft sweet taste. The name "rambutan" comes from the Malay world "rambut", which means 'hair'. There is a great demand for this fruit. This resulted in the  establishment  of  many  plantations, among others on the islands of Mindanao, Panay, southern Luzon (region Batangas) and Mindoro.

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Santol

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Ask children what  their favorite fruit is and a big chance that they will say "Santol".

The santol fruit is round and as big as a big apple. Inside the fruit there is a white juicy pulp around 3 to 5 brown seeds. The seeds are up to 2 cm long. The pulp is mostly sub-acid or sour. When the fruit is not ripe, the fruit is very sour. The Filipinos like it  in that (sour) condition and eat this fruit with some salt. The fruit is usually consumed raw without peeling. In the local markets of the Philippines the santol is always for sale. Santols are also used to make  marmalade. In glass jars the marmalade is exported from the Philippines to oriental food dealers in Europe and the United States.

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Starfruit

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Star fruit is a five-angled fruit, shaped like a star. The star fruit is about 10-15 cm in length. Some varieties are slightly sweet, some are sour. The fruit is easy to use: it doesn't need to be peeled to be eaten. In the Philippines the more sour varieties are common. People will eat it, as they do with so many fruit, with a little bit of salt.

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Tambis

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Tambis is a small, red (rose) round fruit of about three cm wide.  It is known as a  water apple because it is a rather watery fruit.   It is a common fruit in Southeast Asia. It is one of the favorites of children.

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Trees

Rambutan Starfruit Papaya

 

Pictures:

Star fruit: Foridagardener, www.floridagardener.com 

Rambutan tree, Starfruit, Santol,Tambis: www.dipolog.org       

Papaya tree: http://mgonline.com/