FRUITS

 

DIPOLOG TROPICAL FRUITS 4
 



9. Durian  (Durio zibethinus)   The  family  Bombacaceae is best  known for  showy flowers and woody or thin-shelled pods filled with small seeds and silky or cottonlike fiber. The  durian, is  considered  as  the  King of tropical fruits and is the most important native fruit of  southeastern  Asia  and neighboring islands. The durian is believed to be native to Borneo and Sumatra. It is found wild or semi-wild in South Tenasserim, Lower Burma, and around  villages  in  peninsular  Malaya,  and  is  commonly cultivated  along  roads or  in orchards from southeastern India.  The durian is grown to a limited extent in the southern Philippines, particularly in the Provinces of Mindanao and Sulu.
  


10.  Calamansi  (Citrofortunella  mitis) (family  RUTACEAE)  Also called as calamondin orange; Chinese, or China, orange;  Panama  orange; golden  lime; scarlet lime; and, in  the Philippines, kalamondin, kalamunding, kalamansi, calamansi,  limonsito,  or agridulce.  Malayan names are limau kesturi ("musk lime") and limau chuit. In Thailand it is ma-nao-wan. The calamondin is believed native to China and thought to have been taken in early times to the Philippines. It became the most  important  Citrus juice source in the  Philippine   It is a use as  ornamental dooryard tree in Hawaii.
  

11.  Labana  (Annona muricata)  (soursop, guanabana)  Of  the  60  or  more  species  of the  genus Annona, family Annonaceae, A small tree, rarely much over 15 ft. tall. Leaves rather pale green, elliptic, rounded but apiculate or obtusely pointed at apex, rounded or narrowed at base, sepals quite thick, valvate; outer petals cordate at base; fruit oblong or somewhat curved, sometimes as much as 30 cm long, the surface beset with regularly well-spaced short slightly curved spines, of moderately firm texture, green; flesh juicy, acid, whitish; seeds  It became well established  at an early date in the Philippines.
  

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 12.Tambis (Syzygium aqueum) (family Myrtaceae). The water apple is the least of the small group of somewhat similar fruits of the genus, also known as watery rose apple,  In the Philippines, it is  called  tambis.  The  water  apple  occurs  naturally  from  southern  India  to  eastern Malaysia.  It is  commonly  cultivated in  India,  southeastern  Asia, and Indonesia. In the Philippines,  it  grows as though  wild in the Provinces of Mindanao, Basilan, Dinagat and Samar.
 

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 13. Sambag (Tamarindus indica)  (Tamarind)  Of all the  fruit trees of the  tropics, none  is  more  widely  distributed  nor  more  appreciated  as  an  ornamental  than  the tamarind,   of  the  family  Leguminosae.  Native  to  tropical  Africa, the  tree  grows wild throughout  the  Sudan  and was so long ago introduced  into and adopted in India that it 
has often been reported as indigenous there also, and it was apparently from this Asiatic country  that  it  reached the  Persians and the  Arabs who called it "tamar hindi" (Indian date, from the date-like appearance of the dried pulp), giving rise to both its common and generic names. It is widely cultivated and use as seasoning in the Philippines for its sour taste.
 

14. Bayabas (Psidium guajava)  (guava)  One of the most gregarious of  fruit trees  of  the myrtle family (Myrtaceae),  is  almost  universally known by its  common  English name  or its equivalent  in  other  languages. In Spanish, the tree is guayabo, or guayavo, the  fruit  guayaba or guyava. Its origin is uncertain, but it is believed to be an area extending from southern Mexico into or through Central America.   In the Philippines it is called  bayabas,  and its widely cultivated. It grows wild in the countryside where bird feed on it. It is been canned made into a Jelly by the Filipinos
  


15. Lansones  (Lansium domesticum Corr)   Family Meliaceae, the langsat, is also known as lansa, langseh, langsep, lanzon, lanzone, lansone. The langsat originated in western Malaysia and is common both wild and cultivated throughout the asia and  on  the  island  of  Luzon and  Mindanao  in  the Philippines where the fruits are very popular and the tree is being utilized in reforestation of hilly areas. The fruits are plentiful on local markets specially in the City of Zamboanga. It is seasonal and abundant in the month of October.
 

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Gooseberry PHYLLANTHUS ACIDUS L. Phyllanthus distichus,  Wild plum, Iba,  Malay gooseberry,  Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family). A small tropical tree with ovate leaves that grows up to 30 feet high. Tahitian gooseberry bears fruit in abundance on the branches. It has reddish flowers and pale-yellow waxy fruit, 3/4 - 1" thick and is 6-8 ridged. The yellow fruit of the Tahitian gooseberry is edible and tastes sour; it is one of the few members of the Euphorbiaceae family that has edible fruit. The tart flesh is used as a flavoring in Suriname.
 


Iba Averrhoa Bilimbi. cucumber tree, Family: oxalidaceae, averrhoaceae The cucumber tree is very closely related to the carambola (Balingbing) but it differs in appearance, flavor, The  tree reaches a height of 16 to 35 ft and has a short trunk dividing into upright branches. The fruit emerge directly from the trunk, often in clusters. The origin of this plant is Indonesia and  too acid for eating raw.

 
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