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#53 Siniguelas

Siniguelas, also known as Spanish plum (Spondias purpurea), is a typical summer fruit in the Philippines. Native to the Americas it is among the many plants and fruits that were originally brought to the Philippines from the Americas during the Spanish galleon trade in the 16th century.

The fruit resembles a large grape and is available only during the summer months. The skin of the siniguelas is often green when unripe and turns yellow or puple when ripe. After washing thoroughly the fruit is eaten with the skin on and the fleshy pulp has a pleasant sweet-tangy sour taste. It has a pit the size of a thumb and is spitted out.

A species of  a flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae, other common names include Red Mombin, Purple Mombin or Hog Plum. “Jocote,” the Spanish name for siniguelas is derived from the Nahuatl word xocotl (“fruit”).

Mabuhay ang siniguelas!

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