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#297 Mangosteen

Mangosteen, although available and grown throughout Southeast Asia, is one of the favorite fruits that one can find in the local market particularly in southern Philippines.

The fruit has a distinctive star shape and purplish fleshy skin or peel that enclosed a juicy white seeded flesh. Mangosteen of good quality is sweet and has a refreshing taste, making it a well-loved, popular tropical fruit.  A tropical evergreen tree, mangosteen is believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20–80 ft) tall. The rind  of the edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. The fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with peach flavor and texture. (Source: Wikipedia and other sources).

Long live tropical fruits!

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#276 Santol

The santol (also known as wild mangosteen, sandorica) (Sandoricum koetjape) is a tropical fruit grown in southeast Asia.

The santol is believed native to former Indochina and peninsular Malaysia. In the Philippines the santol is widely cultivated and is a popular summer fruit often found in many rural markets. There are two varieties of santol fruit, previously considered two different species, the yellow variety and the red. Both types have a skin that may be a thin peel to a thicker rind. It is edible and contains a milky juice. The pulp may be sweet or sour and contains inedible brown seeds.

Santol preserves are also popular in the Philippines. Boiled and marinated in cane sugar and preservatives, the candied or santol preserve is a popular jam or sweet garnishing for local desserts. (Source: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang santol!

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