One of the best things about going to visit the Philippines is being able to indulge in all the fresh tropical fruit. As a tropical country with fertile volcanic soil, the Philippines is blessed with an abundance of sweet and juicy fruit all year round. While you’ll probably spend most of your trip enjoying mangos, papayas, coconuts and bananas, make sure to try out some of the more unusual fruit. Here’s a list of our favorite exotic tropical fruits of the Philippines:
1. Mangosteen: Crack open the purple fruit to find a white juicy center made up of several little segments. Sometimes called the Queen of Fruits, the mangosteen tastes like a mix of peach, strawberry, lychee, and pineapple. It is all at once sweet, sour, and delicate. Rarely found outside of Southeast Asia, make sure to take advantage and eat as much of the complex fruit as you can while you’re there!
2. Lanzones: You’ll find this fruit in bunches similar to grapes. Peel the skin and you’ll be rewarded with the clear, sweet and sour flesh of the fruit. Just make sure to avoid the bitter-tasting seed.
3. Guyabano: At first glance, you may mistake the guyabano for the durian, a stinky fruit prevalent in South East Asia. Both have prickly rinds. However, the guyabano, also known as soursop, has a sweet smell. Once open, you’ll find a rich, creamy pulp made up of several seeds. To eat, you can peel off the seeds one at a time or eat with a spoon. The flesh tastes delicious with sweet, sour, and citrusy notes.
4. Chico: Similar is size and shape to a potato or a pear, the chico tastes sweet and earthy. It’s best to eat it a bit chilled as the skin can act as a shell while you scoop out the flesh. It has an interesting grainy texture.