I’ve been seeing some of my favorites fruits now in the market stand here. Been buying some of it already. Bob and I went somewhere the day before yesterday and we bought some pomelo, it was juicy and good. They had mangosten there at the fruit stand, I just didn’t purchase it yet because the price is super high. I can get it free from my cousin who lives in Kidapawan. Ha ha ha. They didn’t come here to the city yet. When they come here I will ask them to bring us some.
When me and my niece went to the wet market a few days ago. We bought the fruits that’s in season now here like some green mango, rambutan, ripe mango (the yellow one), marang, lanzones, guava, santol and banana (also the really ripe banana that’s good for making banana bread). When it’s in season the price is so reasonable. All of us here in the house like to eat fruits. Well, except Aaron. He is choosy on what fruit to eat. He likes to eat apple, ripe mango, some pomelo and oranges.
We also like to eat tangerines, the green kind. When growing up my folks always says that when you have cough, citrus (especially a juice of kalamasi) is good for you. So I carried that saying to my kids too. So we have so many other kinds of oranges here. We like to eat the tangerines and dip a little bit in a salt (kind of weird huh). But, really it tastes good though, for us anyway. I remember when I was pregnant with my oldest son Chris before, I was craving for pomelo. Since I can’t find pomelo in the States, I just settled for grapefruit. Really it was good enough for me at that time. I would dip the grapefruit with salt. Same thing with the pineapple there, I ate it with salt. Really it helps with my morning sickness big time. My cravings when I was pregnant with Chris were pomelo, pineapple, grapefruit and beef jerky. What a weird combination huh? lol… Really that keeps me alive for the whole nine months duration of my pregnancy. Been to the hospitals a few times for dehydration. I can’t keep any other food in me. I will just throw up.
Anyway, the only thing that I say that the US was better fruits than here were the watermelon, cantaloupe, apple and peaches. But we can live with it. We really think that we have better fruits here. Good to make fruit salad. But did you know that most Filipinos likes to eat the fruit salad from the can and mix it with mayo and other stuff. I like it too. But here in the house Bob likes to eat the fruit salad with fresh fruits mix all together. He is not a fan of mayo so when my nieces makes the fruit salad out from the can, Bob will not have any from that. But honestly I do miss the raspberries (easy pick from the back of my in-laws yard) and the blackberries (wild near our house there). Good thing Abreeza mall has them from time to time.
Do you guys want some durian? Durian is getting good now, it’s the time of the year for harvest. When going around the city you can already see some trucks on the side of the road parking and selling durian. Bob and I usually opened our car window to get the lovely smell of durian. Bob and I, we are so opposite. He was the kano, but he was the one who ate the durian. Bob and my nieces they love it. I tasted the durian before but just don’t like the after taste. I can even taste and burp that stuff a day after. I kinda like the taste, but I don’t like the texture of it. Me and the kids would not eat durian, Jared definitely hates durian before. He even was mad one time when he was about 4 years old. He opened the our fridge and smell the durian, he was crying according to him “we are killing him” putting that durian on the fridge and it stinks to high heaven. It was funny to us when he said we are killing him. He was so furious and slammed the fridge door. He is okay with it now, but still would not eat it. He is into green mango though.
Since I’m on the bragging mode about our fruits. Do any of you like to eat the jackfruit? Some people hate the smell of that jackfruit too. Me and the family like to eat jackfruit. We even like to put jackfruit on our ginataan ( sticky rice with coconut milk, banana and other stuff in it). Good also with turon (fried banana with jackfruit inside wrap with lumpia wrapper).
I think the US now gets good fruits from the Philippines already. I’ve seen some people bragging they have some rambutan and lanzones and kalamansi there. So it must be shipped there regularly. That is really good to hear. During my time there in the States I hardly sees fruits that came from the Philippines. Hopefully Philippines will ship out more and more products to the West nowadays. If you happen to get tropical fruits, have a good eat there you guys.
Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.