We had a little taste test at the BADLADZ Beach Resort here in Puerto Galera, Philippines. The BADLADZ crew grabbed several kinds of the local fruit to include rambutan, lanzones, marang, and the notorious and controversial (seriously!) durian fruit.
Rambutan is a common fruit in Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Malaysia has the most variety of cultivars, wild and cultivated propagated commercially in small orchards. It is one of the best-known fruits of Southeast Asia with Thailand being the largest producer.
Lanzones, or langsa, in the Philippines is the plant that is grown mostly on the southern parts of the island of Luzon, especially in Paete, Laguna, due to the species’ narrow range of conditions favorable to its survival.
It is also found in abundance on Northern Mindanao particularly in places as Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, and Camiguin. The Camiguin variety is especially sweet and succulent.
Lanzones look similar to small potatoes and are borne in clusters similar to grapes and are eaten raw.
Marang has a strong scent, and is considered superior in flavor to some other fruits. For some, the scent reminds them of the durian without being so intense and is in the thick skin and not the fruit pulp.
It is best when not allowed to ripen thoroughly on the tree giving the taste hints of a mild creamy, almost juicy banana. When they ripen on the tree, they turn a brownish color and eventually drop to the ground and easily split open.
Marang are cultivated in Philippines, southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and India Tripura.
Durian are considered by many in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits” and are distinctive for their large size, strong odor, and thorn-covered outer husk.
The edible flesh emits quite a distinctive odor that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting.
Ever wonder what a durian actually looks and smells like? Watch to find out!
Try Fruit in the Philippines at BADLADZ Beach Resort
If you would like to come out to the Philippines and try some local fruit at BADLADZ Beach Resort, visit our website at http://badladz.com/contact-us/.
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